Historic handshake: North and South Korea leaders meet for summit, plant ceremonial tree

11:53 • 27.04.18



Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in ceremonially planted and watered a pine tree in the demilitarized zone following lunch and a break from talks.


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.


Each leader watered the tree with water from the other's territory, the CNN reports.


After the tree planting, they each revealed a stone that commemorated the occasion, with the phrase "Peace and prosperity planted" on it. The leaders' names and the date was also printed on the stone.


The two leaders are now on a walk to the footpath bridge where the military demarcation sign is.

 

The two leaders shook hands while standing over the world's most heavily defended border before taking turns to cross over from north to south

Smiling broadly and exchanging greetings, the two shook hands for a long time, looking from outward appearances like old friends

At the historic moment when the two leaders held hands across the Military Demarcation line that bisects the rivals, Kim said that his heart 'keeps throbbing

Two fifth-grade students from the Daesongdong Elementary School, the only South Korean school within the DMZ, greeted the leaders and gave Kim flowers

 Kim and Moon strode past an honor guard and military band, before Moon introduced Kim to South Korean government officials

 

 





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