The historic meeting between the leaders of South Korea and North Korea started on a high note Friday, with the pair reportedly smiling, laughing, and holding hands before pledging further cooperation. After months of missile tests and nuclear threats, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un said he was determined to end the conflict in the region. “We are at a starting line today, where a new history of peace, prosperity, and inter-Korean relations is being written,” Kim was quoted as saying by Reuters. South Korean President Moon Jae-in was equally welcoming, hailing Kim’s “courageous decision” to cross the demilitarized zone dividing the two countries. In private talks with Moon in a border truce village, Kim reportedly expressed a desire to visit the presidential Blue House in Seoul before injecting a bit of humor into the pair’s closed-door discussions. The North Korean leader is said to have told Moon he will not “interrupt” his “early morning sleep anymore” with missile tests. At one point after the two leaders first met at the military demarcation line, Kim also reportedly persuaded Moon to briefly cross over to the North side for a handshake.
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