(National Sentinel)Â Koreas: The leaders of North and South Korea met for a historic summit in neutral territory along their shared borders on Friday, with the hopes of reaching an agreement to denuclearize the peninsula.
At the first summit between both countries in more than 10 years, both sides said they would pursue an agreement toÂ ensure “permanent” and “solid” peace between them.
As reported byÂ The Sun in the UK:
The declaration included promises to pursue military arms reduction, cease “hostile acts,” turn their fortified border into a “peace zone,” and seek multilateral talks with other countries, such as the United States.
“We are one nation, we cannot be separated. We share the same blood,” said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in his first press conference with global media.
“We are living with each other. We are brothers,” he added.
One hope is that both countries will be able to negotiate an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in an armistice.
But the other, more pressing issue for South Korea and the United States is the denuclearization of North Korea, which is believed to be close to achieving a legitimate nuclear weapons capability if it hasn’t already following a series of tests last year.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, meanwhile, said both countries would also strive to bring together families that had been separated because of the ongoing technical state of war between both countries.
Kim told reporters that his heart was “throbbing” as he stepped briefly onto South Korean soil, having become the first North Korean leader to do so since the war.
Reports noted that both leaders had “serious, frank” discussions about denuclearizing North Korea. At one point, reports said that Kim even joked about no longer keeping South Koreans up in the early morning hours with missile tests and disturbing their sleep.
Later Friday, President Donald J. Trump tweeted,Â “KOREAN WAR TO END!” adding that the United States “should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!”
Trump is on pace to meet with Kim either in late May or early June. Newly-confirmed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Kim secretly over the Easter holiday, Trump confirmed earlier this month.
The White House released pictures of Pompeo and Kim shaking hands.