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Korean Summit: What happened in the morning session

By Shubham

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived for the historic summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in around 9.30 am South Korean local time at the venue in the truce village of Punmunjeom.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in walk toward the Peace House for their meeting at the border village of Panmunjom

Kim walked till the demarcation line which divides the two countries and shook hands with Moon who received him. The two then briefly crossed to the north side of the demarcation line for photos before coming back into the southern side of the line. With this, Kim became the first North Korean leader in history to set his foot in the southern territory, something his authoritarian dynastic predecessors did not do.

Attending welcoming ceremony

The two leaders then attended a welcoming ceremony and proceeded to the Peace House - the venue of the summit - where Kim wrote in the guestbook. He wrote: "A new history begins now. The era of peace stands at the starting point." The two leaders also planted a tree at the truce village to symbolise "peace and prosperity".

Closed door meeting for two hours

They then arrived at the meeting room which was recently renovated and spoke on camera. Thereafter, the media was disallowed as the two leaders interacted for two hours in a closed-door meeting.

While the South Korean president was accompanied by Chief Presidential Secretary Im Jong-seok and chief of the National Intelligence Service of South Korea, Suh Hoon, Kim had with him his sister Yo-jong and vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea's central committee in charge of inter-Korean affairs, Kim Yong-chol.

Kim left for North Korea in a car for lunch

After the meeting, Kim went back to North Korea in his limousine surrounded by bodyguards as lunchtime approached.

The two sides were scheduled to meet post-lunch again. A banquet dinner would take place on Friday night following the summit.

Kim's wife Ri Sol-ju, who was recently accorded the status of 'First Lady' of North Korea, was set to join him around 6.15 pm local time at the truce village of Panmunjeom and will participate in the dinner hosted by the South Korean president. South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook will also be present on the occasion.

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