ROK President Moon Jae-in and North
Korean State Affairs Committee Chairman Kim Jong Un met for a
historic summit at the military demarcation line in Panmunjeom at
9:30 a.m. on April 27.
When North Korean leader Kim
appeared in front of the Panmun Pavilion on the North Korean side
of the border, President Moon, after waiting in front of the
Freedom House on the South Korean side of the border, moved toward
the military demarcation line.
The two heads of state met at the
military demarcation line and shook hands with each other.
North Korean leader Kim was invited
by President Moon to cross the military demarcation line into the
South. The two leaders posed for a photo while facing the Panmun
Pavilion and for another photo while facing the Freedom House.
Then, in an impromptu move, Kim
encouraged Moon to step briefly across the demarcation line into
North Korea for a commemorative photo.
After the photo session, the two
leaders crossed back into the South and Kim was handed a bouquet
of flowers by a South Korean boy and girl, fifth graders at
Daeseongdong Elementary School in the border town of
Daeseong-dong, which is the only South Korean village within the DMZ.
The welcome by children means,
“Let’s open a new era.” A number of leaders including US President
Donald Trump, who visited South Korea last year, had also been
welcomed by children previously. The two heads of state also posed
for a photo with the two children.