Moon flies to Pyongyang for third inter-Korean summit

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On September 16, Im Jong Seok, Chief Presidential Secretary for President Moon Jae In, announced the list of participants who will be going to North Korea for the third inter-Korean summit.

Kim greeted Moon with hugs and smiles as the South Korean leader arrived in the North's capital to revive momentum in the faltering talks between Washington and Pyongyang over denuclearization and the prospect of officially ending the Korean War.

The North Korean leader emerged from the airport building to raucous cheering and walked up to President Moon Jae-in.

The South Korean President is bringing an entourage that includes K-pop stars and almost a dozen business leaders, including Jay Y Lee, the head of Samsung.

Moon's visit was closely followed in South Korea and was broadcast live at the Seoul press center.

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The day is expected to conclude at 9 p.m following a welcome banquet in Mokran Hall, a special facility dedicated to hosting foreign officials.

On Monday, Moon said he wanted to achieve a lasting peace during his talks with Kim.

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Mr Moon himself has said his trip to Pyongyang will have "significant meaning" if it leads to the resumption of dialogue between the U.S. and the North.

During a conversation at the Paekhwawon guest house where Moon was to stay, Kim said North Koreans hope diplomacy will yield positive results.

Kim and Moon embraced at Pyongyang's worldwide airport - where the North Korean leader had supervised missile launches previous year as tensions mounted.

Moon and Kim's motorcade was essentially a parade, drawing crowds of thousands of well-dressed people who celebrated Moon's arrival.

Washington wants to see concrete signs of denuclearisation by North Korea before agreeing to a key goal of Pyongyang - declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

His second priority is to "facilitate North Korea-United States dialogue for denuclearization".

Before leaving for Pyongyang, Moon said he planned to have a lot of frank talks with Kim during his visit to the DPRK in order to bring "irreversible, permanent peace to the Korean Peninsula" and help restart the DPRK-U.S. dialogue on the denuclearization of the peninsula.

Moon's plane left a military airport near Seoul for Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, on Tuesday morning.

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The talks lasted from 1545 to 1745 local time at the headquarters of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK): the first time that the leaders of the two Koreas have met at that venue.

It took Moon only about an hour to fly from Seoul to Pyongyang.

According to Cheong Wa Dae, in a recent phone conversation Trump requested that Moon act as the "chief negotiator" between the United States and North Korea.

"The VVIP treatment is reserved for a very small number of people in the world, but President Moon more than deserves it of course, given all that he is doing for the peace process", Mr Ho told The Straits Times.

This week's summit comes as the United States presses other countries to strictly observe U.N. sanctions aimed at choking off funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, amid growing evidence that North Korea is continuing nuclear weapons development.

Other business leaders accompanying Moon include Hyundai Group chairwoman Hyun Jeong-eun, whose company had operated now-suspended joint tours to North Korea, Hyundai Motor Group Vice Chairman Kim Yong-hwan, SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won and LG Group CEO Koo Kwang-mo. Moon hasn't been able to revive them because of US -led economic sanctions on North Korea. As a chief aide to Roh, Moon visited North Korea.

The project ran for more than 10 years but was suspended in 2016 after North Korea carried out its fourth nuclear test.

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