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Historic Korean Handshake Takes World by Storm

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Historic Korean Handshake Takes World by Storm

North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un (left) and his Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in walk shoulder to shoulder at the demilitarized zone, the first such a meeting since the end of the Korean war in 1953

North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un (left) and his Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in walk shoulder to shoulder at the demilitarized zone, the first such a meeting since the end of the Korean war in 1953

Millions of people around the worldwide watched with utter amazement as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with his South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a historic meeting on Friday.

The two leaders shook hands on both sides of the military demarcation line that divides the two Koreas. Then, in a symbolic move, Moon joined Kim on the northern side of the line before they crossed into the southern side together.

North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un (left) and shake hands and crossed the line for the first time since end of Korean war in 1953

The historic summit — the first in more than a decade — is taking place at the Peace House, on the south side of the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas.

The talks were centred on three key topics: the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the improvement of bilateral relations, and a formal peace settlement. The two countries have been technically at war for almost 70 years now.

The handshake was unprecedented in a number of ways including the fact that it was the first time for a North Korean leader to cross the demilitarised line since fighting ended in the Korean War.

The summit represents a rapid succession of rapprochement that raised the prospect of a nuclear war following reports of successive nuclear arms tests by Pyongyang.

The summit has been described as a major victory for the new government of president Moon Jae-in as well as US President Donald Trump who resisted pressure to open up for talks despite dissenting voices.

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