S Korea has final rehearsal in Panmunjom for summit with DPRK

S Korea has final rehearsal in Panmunjom for summit with DPRK

President Donald Trump teased the existence of the photos during a free-wheeling interview on "Fox & Friends" on Thursday morning, saying: "We have incredible pictures of the two talking and meeting which I would love to release if we can".

Last week, the country announced that they would be suspending nuclear and missile testing, as well as closing a nuclear test site. Kim and Roh agreed to pursue a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War and reached a set of cooperation projects.

A pine tree will be planted on the demarcation line to symbolize "peace and prosperity", Im said, using soil from Mount Paektu in North Korea and Mount Halla in South Korea.

A year ago it carried out its sixth nuclear blast, by far its most powerful to date, and launched missiles capable of reaching the United States mainland, sending tensions soaring as Kim and Trump traded personal insults and threats of war.

Official talks between Mr Moon and Mr Kim will begin at 9.30am local time at the Peace House in Panmunjom.

Otto Warmbier's parents were guests of the president and first lady at the State of the Union, where Trump described the "depraved character" of the North Korean regime and pledged to "honor Otto's memory with American resolve".

Following the tree planting, they will walk together before starting the next round of talks.

Kim did not make any direct mention of the North Korean nuclear issue in the part of his talks with Moon that were shown on live television.

From there, the State Department said Pompeo planned to fly to the Middle East for stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan, where the future of the Iran deal and the conflict in Syria will be significant agenda items.


The family of Otto Warmbier filed an extraordinary lawsuit against North Korea in federal court Thursday alleging that the 22-year-old college student was "brutally tortured and murdered" by Kim Jong Un's "criminal" regime during 17 months in captivity. "They spoke, and [Pompeo] also spoke with his counterparts in North Korea".

In a rare move - one not seen at previous inter-Korean summits - the delegation will also feature top military officials and diplomats.

"I don't even know if he is dead or alive", he said.

The world must hope that the current engagement succeeds, but there is a long way to go before North Korea can be brought in from the cold.

South Korea will send seven officials along with President Moon, including the ministers for defence, foreign affairs and unification.

In addition, there will be Kim Yong Chol, a former intelligence chief and Choe Hwi, the chairman of a sports panel.

Kim's opening act came in the form of a 2018 New Year's speech in which he proposed working with South Korean authorities to reduce peninsular tensions for the sake of a successful Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February.

Trump, who often accuses his predecessors of failing to address the North Korean threat, has argued that the only concession he has made was his surprise decision last month to accept Kim's invitation for a meeting - the first ever between the leaders of the United States and North Korea during six decades of hostility.

A second objective of the Moon administration is to regularize inter-Korean summits and normalize peninsular dialogue.

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