Korean leaders meet in surprise summit

The leaders of North and South Korea have met in the demilitarised border area between the two countries.

The meeting is only the second between South Korea’s Moon Jae-in and the North’s Kim Jong-un.

It comes as the two sides continue efforts to put a historic US-North Korea summit back on track.

On Thursday US President Donald Trump cancelled the summit, scheduled for 12 June, but later suggested it might still go ahead.

The latest talks were held on the northern side of the Panmunjom truce village, between 15:00 and 17:00 local time (06:00 and 08:00 GMT), Mr Moon’s office said.

After cancelling the scheduled summit, blaming North Korea’s “tremendous anger and open hostility”, Mr Trump tweeted on Friday that “very productive talks” had taken place with the North on reinstating the summit with Mr Kim.

US officials have said they would like to see the complete and irreversible dismantling of the North’s nuclear programme and weapons, allowing international inspectors to check every step of that process, before any talk of sanctions being lifted.

For North Korea, denuclearisation means a much more reciprocal agreement. If Pyongyang were to give up its nuclear assets, it would like to see a comparable gesture from Washington.

At the carefully choreographed meeting, Mr Kim said that he wanted to “write a new chapter” for the region’s troubled history. “New history starts from now, at the historic starting point of an era of peace,” he said.

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