Inter-Korean Summit Preparation Committee Chairman Im
Jong-seok Briefs Media on Schedule of Inter-Korean Summit
I will brief you on the schedule of the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit.
President Moon Jae-in and Chairman of the State Affairs Commission
Kim Jong Un will begin their historic first meeting at the Military
Demarcation Line (MDL) at Panmunjeom at around 9:30 tomorrow morning,
Chairman Kim will walk across the MDL between buildings T2 and T3
that are used as the meeting rooms of the Military Armistice Commission.
President Moon will greet Chairman Kim at the MDL line in front of
the Military Armistice Commission meeting room.
After meeting at the MDL, the two leaders will be escorted by a
South Korean traditional honor guard to the venue for the official
At 9:40 am, they will arrive at the Panmunjeom square located
between Freedom House and Peace House. The official welcoming
ceremony, including the inspection of the honor guard, will be
observed at the square. Back in 2000 and 2007 when President Kim
Dae-jung and President Roh Moo-hyun visited Pyeongyang for a summit,
they reviewed the honor guard consisting of members of the North
Korean army, navy and air force during the official welcoming ceremony.
After reviewing the honor guard, the two leaders will greet the
official delegates of both sides accompanying them, which will
conclude the welcoming ceremony. Then, they will move to Peace House
where the summit will take place.
Chairman Kim is scheduled to sign the guestbook prepared on the
first floor of Peace House and join President Moon in the taking of
commemorative photos. They will have a chat in the reception room
before moving to the conference room on the second floor to start the
inter-Korean summit for peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula
at 10:30 am.
After the morning session of the summit is finished, the two sides
will have separate luncheons and a rest time.
In the afternoon, the North and South Korean leaders will jointly
plant commemorative tree as an e×pression of wishes for peace and prosperity.
The two leaders will together plant a pine tree, which stands for
peace and prosperity, on the MDL, which has symbolized confrontation
and division over the past 65 years. The spot for the tree is beside a
path near the MDL, which Hyundai Group Founder and Chairman Chung
Ju-yung (1915-2001) took with a convoy of cattle-filled trucks on a
visit to his hometown in North Korea.
The pine, a tree beloved by the Korean people, was selected as the
species for the commemorative tree planting. The age of the particular
tree involved dates back to 1953, when the Korean War Armistice
Agreement was signed. A mixture of soil from Hallasan and Baekdusan
mountains will be used for the planting, after which Chairman Kim will
water the tree with water from the Hangang river and President Moon
will pour some water from the Daedonggang River.
Engraved on the stone plaque for the tree will be the phrase “Peace
and Prosperity Are Planted,” as well as the signatures of President
Moon and Chairman Kim.
The joint commemorative tree-planting event was suggested by the
South Korean Government and agreed to by the North, which also
accepted the South’s choice of tree species and wording for the stone
plaque placed in front of the tree.
After the tree-planting, the two leaders are likely to engage in
friendly conversation as they walk together to the Footbridge, where a
signpost of the MDL stands.
The Footbridge got its name from the United Nations Command
when it was built over a marsh in the Panmunjeom area to shorten the
route taken by the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission, which
frequently came to Panmunjeom after the Armistice Agreement was
concluded. Work to widen and extend the bridge was taken as part of
preparations for the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit.
For the two Korean leaders to walk together right up to the MDL,
which is located on the extended part of the Footbridge, is to signify
the arrival of peace on the Korean Peninsula and the era of
cooperation and prosperity. From now on the Footbridge (“Dobodari” in
Korean) will become the historic site that symbolizes the slogan of
the Inter-Korean Summit, “Peace, a New Start.”
After taking a stroll, the two leaders will move toward Peace House
and continue with the schedule in the afternoon.
After the summit meeting, the two leaders will sign an agreement and
announce it. According to the content of the agreement, where and how
it will be announced will be determined.
Starting from 6:30 pm, the welcoming dinner will begin in the
banquet hall on the third floor, which will be attended by all
officials from both sides.
Following the welcoming dinner, there will be a farewell ceremony,
during which the two leaders will watch together a video. The facade
of Peace House will be used as a screen, and the theme of the video is
“A New Spring Enjoyed Together.”
The video will feature a mix of beautiful images and music to
represent the past, the present and the future of the Korean Peninsula
against the backdrop of Peace House, which will be remembered as a
People around the world, in this historic moment, will have an
opportunity to have the same feeling as the two leaders sharing deep
fraternity and heart-touching events.
This will mark the end of all official events.
Let me brief you on the list of official delegates from the North.
They consist of nine members as follows:
Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s
Kim Yong Chol, Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of
the Workers’ Party of Korea
Choe Hwi, Vice Chairman of the
Central Committee of Workers’ Party of Korea
Ri Su Yong, Vice
Chairman of the Central Committee of Workers’ Party of Korea
Yo Jong, 1st Vice Department Director of the Central Committee of the
Workers’ Party of Korea
Ri Myong Su, Chief of the KPA General
Pak Yong Sik, Minister of the People’s Armed Forces of the
Ri Yong Ho, Foreign Minister
Ri Son Gwon, Chairman of
the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country
I also want to announce that Gen. Jeong Kyeongdoo, Chairman of the
ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been added as an official delegate of
Cheong Wa Dae Briefing