North, South Korea Leaders Set for Historic Meeting

TEHRAN (FNA)- North Korea’s Leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are set to meet for talks that will centre on denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula on Friday morning.

The South Korean President and the North’s leader will meet at the military demarcation line at the Peace House in Panmunjom on Friday, World News reported.

A tree planting ceremony that will symbolize “peace and prosperity” is scheduled for later the day. The Presidents will plant a pine tree born in 1953 when Seoul and Pyongyang signed an armistice ending the Korean War.

At the end of talks, Kim and Moon will sign a pact and make an announcement. Later, the two leaders will have dinner on the Southern side of the border and watch a video clip themed “Spring of One” before wrapping up.

The North Korean delegation at the summit will consist of nine high-ranking government officials. Kim will be accompanied by Kim Yong-nam, President of the Presidium of North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly, and his younger sister Kim Yo Jong, Director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department. Other delegation members will be Ri Myong Su, the Chief of General Staff of the Korean People’s Army, Defense Minister Pak Yong Sik, and Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho.

South Korea’s delegation will consist of seven officials, including Defense Minister Song Young-moo, the country’s top diplomat Kang Kyung-wha and Unification Minister Cho Myoung Gyon.

Some 3,000 journalists from all over the world will cover the event, the first one in more than a decade.

It is only the third time leaders of the two Koreas meet since an armistice agreement ended the Korean War in 1953. It is also the first summit between the two countries since 2007.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.