South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will meet this week for the first time in more than 10 years; sparking speculation the two leaders are poised to announce the official end of the 68 year-long Korean War.
According to Reuters, delegations from the two warring nations plan to hold high-level talks at the heavily fortified de-militarized zone that separates North and South Korea, where a ‘South Korean Honor Guard’ will escort officials to a welcome ceremony at the border city of Panmunjom.
“This summit will focus more on denuclearisation and securing of permanent peace than anything else,” said Moon’s chief of staff. “I feel North Korea is sending their key military officials to the summit as they too, believe denuclearisation and peace are important.”
The North Korean despot will be accompanied by his sister, a widely popular figure in the South following her highly-praised publicity tour during the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Earlier this month, President Trump gave his “blessings” for the two countries to meet and discuss an end to the Korean War; setting the stage for Trump’s high-stakes meeting with Kim Jong Un in the coming weeks.
PEACE IN KOREA: North and South Korea INSTALL HISTORIC Hotline Between Leaders
North and South Korea have opened a historic hotline directly linking the two leaders ahead of next week’s high-stakes summit; potentially clearing a path towards the official end of the 68-year long Korean War.
According to Fox News, the hotline is a direct link between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un; a major step towards de-escalating tensions in the region following North Korea’s multiple nuclear and missile tests.
“The historic direct telephone line between the leaders of the South and North was connected a short while ago,” confirmed South Korean officials.
“The test call went on for 4 minutes and 19 seconds starting at 3:41 p.m. with (officials from) both sides speaking to each other … The connection was smooth and the voice quality was very good. It was like calling next door,” he said.
Military experts say the hotline is reminiscent of the private links between Moscow and Washington during the Cold War, when each leader had a direct method of contacting each other in the event of a potential nuclear strike.
PEACE IN KOREA: President Trump ENDORSES Official End of Korean War
President Trump officially endorsed the end of the 68-year-long Korean War Tuesday, saying both nations have his “blessing” to proceed with negotiations that would forge a lasting peace on the peninsula for the first time since 1950.
The Commander-in-Chief was speaking with reporters in Florida when he was asked to weigh-in on multiple reports that North and South Korean officials were discussing a permanent “peace agreement” over the decades-long conflict.
Breaking News: President Donald J Trump says South Korea has plans to meet with North Korea to discuss ending the decades-long war. https://fxn.ws/2qF1tzT“They do have my blessing to discuss the end to the war.”
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“North Korea’s coming along. South Korea is meeting with North Korea to see if they can end the war, and they have my blessing on that,” said Trump.
“Without us they wouldn’t be discussing anything… They do have my blessing to discuss the end of the war. People don’t realize the Korean War has not ended, it’s going on right now,” he added.
Watch the President’s remarks above.