Hopes Korea summit will kick-start nuclear talks

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Moon believes that his deep engagement with North Korea is crucial after last year's fears of war, when Washington reacted with fury to a torrent of ever-more-powerful North Korean weapons tests.

Samsung's Lee Jae-yong and the heads of the SK and LG groups will be part of President Moon Jae-in's delegation as he heads for a meeting with the North's leader Kim Jong Un, Moon's office said. "Crowds lining the tarmac cheered wildly and waved flags of a unified Korea".

They were warmly welcomed from the plane by Kim Jong-Un and his wife, Ri Sol-Ju.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has welcomed South Korea's president Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang for their historic summit. He greeted Mr Moon with a handshake and hugs and they appeared to be chatting comfortably as they walked down a red carpet.

"This summit would be very meaningful if it yielded a resumption of North Korea-U.S. talks", Moon said. "This domino structure shows that the two leaders are also in agreement on what should be done first in order to take the next step".

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 programs.

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. Moon said, "Building a permanent peace framework is a way for the two Koreas to resolve issues without being swayed by global politics, and to move toward economic co-prosperity and national unification".

If North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was searching for the flawless propaganda set piece, something created to show his people that he's a strong leader pushing inexorably for the long-delayed, long-promised prosperity they deserve, then visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in might be providing him with a unique opportunity during their summit this week.

It has unanimously imposed increasingly tough sanctions on Pyongyang that have cut off all North Korean exports, 90 percent of its trade, and disbanded its pool of workers send overseas to earn hard currency.

There is yet no report on the results of the talks, which started around 3:30 p.m. local time (0630 GMT). They agreed that Kim would visit the South in the near future.

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"If North Korea-US dialogue is restarted after this visit, it would have much significance in itself", Moon said before his departure.

Japan, like the US, wants South Korea to stand firm on the issue of denuclearization, said Yuki Tatsumi, co-director of the East Asia Program and director of the Japan Program at the Stimson Center.

Talks between the leaders are expected to cover the breadth of summit topics, but not in any particular order, according to Yoon Young-chan, Senior Secretary to the President for Public Relations, who noted that conversations are expected to be candid and naturally flowing. Moon landed in Pyongyang for his third summit this year with Kim.

Kim is likely looking for greater economic cooperation with the South and seeking sanctions relief as well as a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean war, which ended in an armistice.

We need to have "a more concrete agreement on inter-Korean relationships and reducing the [military tension]", he said.

Moon's office said Seoul and Washington are at all times maintaining close communication over North Korea. They met 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 worldwide sanctions.

Kim Hyun-wook, a professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, told reporters at the same event that he thinks officials "have communicated most of the outcomes of summit meeting".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stand and wave in an open-air Mercedes-Benz as thousands of people welcome their motorcade in Pyongyang.

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