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.
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.