Kim hopes for 'big outcome' at summit with South Korea

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has welcomed South Korea's president Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang for their historic summit.

In light of this week's summit in Pyeongyang, . we thought we'd take a look back at the previous two inter-Korean summits that took place this year between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walked through the departure gates at Sunan International Airport and onto the red carpet, the crowd erupted.

North Korea, Lee said, portrays all visits by foreign heads of state as reflecting on the "manifold virtues of the Great Leader", and that's especially true of "a Pyongyang pilgrimage by the leader of the illegitimate Korean state" to the south.

Moon responded by expressing his own thanks to Kim for making a "bold decision" in a New Year's speech to open a new era of detente and send a delegation to the South Korean Winter Olympics in February.

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According to the administration of Moon Jae-in, before flying to Pyongyang the President said he considers the restart of the dialogue between the DPRK and the USA to be the main goal of his visit.

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The nuclear-armed North invaded its neighbor in 1950, starting the Korean War, and regularly stresses the importance of reunifying with the now far wealthier South.

The talks on the Korean Peninsula are taking place as the USA effort to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program has lost some momentum, months after President Trump met with Kim in June for a summit in Singapore.

During their motor parade through Pyongyang's landmark Ryomyong Street, a new residential district launched a year ago under Kim's initiative to modernise the city, Kim and Moon briefly stepped out of the vehicle to greet and take flowers from members of the crowd.

After North Korea demolished a nuclear test site in May, reports emerged in July that North Korea was building new ballistic missiles at a factory just outside its capital.

Moon, who goes to Pyongyang on Tuesday, has seen his approval rating fall to 49 percent in a recent Gallup Korea survey, the first time it dipped below 50 percent since he took office in May 2017 promising better ties with North Korea and political reform.

Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un's sister and first vice director of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party, was also at the airport on Tuesday.

Representatives of government-run companies and business leaders, including Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-Yong and Hyundai Group chairwoman and CEO Hyun Jeong-eun, also met with Vice-Premier of the Cabinet Ri Ryong Nam and other North Korean officials. They will meet with North Korean Deputy Prime Minister Ri Ryong Nam, who is in charge of economic affairs, although Seoul officials said they did not expect any specific joint economic projects to be agreed given extensive global sanctions.

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On Wednesday, Moon and Kim are expected to unveil a joint statement, and a separate military pact created to defuse tensions and prevent armed clashes, Im said.

The summit will likely be a crucial indicator of how the larger nuclear negotiations with the United States will proceed.

To keep expectations from getting too high, Moon's chief of staff, Im Jong-seok, said it's "difficult to have any optimistic outlook" for progress on denuclearization during the summit.

Both leaders want Donald Trump to sign off on officially ending the Korean War, which continues because no peace treaty has ever been signed.

Meanwhile, the United States and Russian Federation clashed Monday over enforcing U.N. sanctions against North Korea, with the US ambassador accusing Moscow of "cheating" and Russia's envoy accusing Washington of "political ill-intent".

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Moon says denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula can not be achieved without direct talks been Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.

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South Korea last week opened a liaison office in the North's city of Kaesong, near the Demilitarized Zone.

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