After 65 years. The question, of course, is how serious is Kim.
The leaders of North and South Korea signed a historic declaration Friday pledging “no more war” and a common goal of “complete denuclearization” on the Korean Peninsula.
The countries, which technically remain in a state of war, heralded the deal as part of “a new era of peace” after a historic summit.
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in also vowed to “cease all hostile acts” and to “transform the Demilitarized Zone into a peace zone.”
The two leaders embraced, and Moon said he would visit Pyongyang in the fall.
The summit laid the foundation for a meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump, amid concerns about North Korea’s nuclear program. Kim has repeatedly threatened to destroy both the U.S and South Korea.
Trump gave the deal a cautious welcome, tweeting that “time will tell” if it leads to an end to nuclear missile tests. “The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place,” he added.
Earlier, Kim and Moon briefly crossed into each other’s countries before a meeting that appeared to mark a turning point in one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints.
Kim stepped across a low concrete military demarcation line separating the rival nations and greeted Moon with smiles and handshakes. As cameras clicked, he took Moon by the hand and invited him to briefly step back into North Korea.
“We have a chance to heal the wounds,” Kim told Moon as they sat down for talks at the border truce village of Panmunjom on the South Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone.