North and South Korean leaders hold historic summit: Highlights
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang congratulated North Korea and South Korea for a “successful summit” in a statement on Friday.
Here's the statement:
“China has always supported the two sides to establish mutual trust and improve bilateral ties through dialogue and consultation. This is in the common interest of the two sides and the region, and meets the common expectation of the international community. We hope and believe that the North and South Korean sides will be able to implement the consensus reached by their leaders and continue to push for reconciliation and cooperation."“We hope all relevant parties keep the momentum of dialogue, work together to promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula as well as the process of a political settlement on the peninsula issue.”
Friday's events in the demilitarized zone concluded with a suitably flashy performance. A Korean song called "One dream, One Korea" by South Korean singer Minah was performed by a pianist and accompanying orchestra while a huge projection was played onto the side of the Peace House.
It was an incredible spectacle and a breathtaking end to a truly epic day. Kim and Moon held hands while watching the performance, which was followed by an immense slide show projecting the day's events onto the side of the building.
Moon, Kim, and their wives watched highlights of today’s events and a video entitled ‘Korea past, present and future’.
In one of a flurry of tweets Friday morning, US President Donald Trump praised the help that his "good friend" Xi Jinping, the Chinese President, has offered in moving forward the nascent peace process on the Korean Peninsula.
Speaking at the banquet following today's summit, Kim said "we need to maintain peace" and "open a new era of co-prosperity" to overcome the challenges facing the Korean Peninsula. He said he was ready to "display commitment" to building peace "to the world."
Following the summit, the two leaders and their wives attended a banquet dinner at the Panmunjom Truce Village.
In the picture below, Kim and his wife Ri Sol Ju share a toast with Moon-Jae in.
For parts of the world that are just waking up, here’s a quick summary of Friday's summit.
North and South Korea took the first tentative steps towards peace on Friday during a summit with global implications.
The day began when Kim Jong Un became the first North Korean leader to cross into South Korean territory since fighting in the Korean War ended in 1953.
It culminated with the two countries vowing to formally end the war and agreeing to work towards the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".
Kim and Moon Jae-in had never met before they shook hands and posed for pictures on both sides of demarcation line separating the two Koreas on Friday morning.
After a morning of meetings with officials, Kim and Moon took part in a symbolic tree-planting ceremony in the DMZ. The tree is from 1953, the year the Korean War armistice was signed. Kim used soil from a mountain on the southern island of Jeju while Moon used earth from Mount Paektu in the north.
Then, the two leaders left their officials behind and walked alone through the DMZ to a footbridge that was recently repainted the same blue used on the Korean Unification Flag. Unexpectedly, they talked for 30 minutes alone.
The stunning moment of the summit when the pair signed an agreement on a range of measures aimed at reducing tensions and perhaps one day reuniting the Korean Peninsula.
They also agreed that Moon will travel to Pyongyang later this year.
Plus, the two countries will establish a "joint liaison office," organize reunions of families separated by the six-decade-old conflict, and will arrange another high-level meeting to be held in mid-June.
US President Donald Trump is up and tweeting. He's cautiously positive about the day's progress:
In a second tweet, Trump wrote: "KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!"