Inter-Korean summits

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Inter-Korean summits
South Korean name
Hangul 남북정상회담
Hanja 南北頂上會談
North Korean name
Chosŏn'gŭl 북남수뇌상봉
Hancha 北南首腦相逢

Inter-Korean summits are meetings between the leaders of North Korea and South Korea. There have been four such meetings so far (2000, 2007, April 2018, and May 2018). The importance of these summits lies in the lack of formal communication between North and South Korea, which makes discussing political and economic issues difficult. The summits' agendas have included topics such as the ending of the 1953 war (currently there is an armistice in force), the massive deployment of troops at the DMZ (approximately two million in total),[1] the development of nuclear weapons by North Korea and human rights issues.

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2000 summit[edit]

In 2000, the representatives of the two governments met for the first time since the division of the Korean peninsula. Kim Dae-jung, the President of South Korea, who arrived at Pyongyang Sunan International Airport, met Kim Jong-il, Supreme Leader of North Korea, directly under the trap of the airport, and the rallies and divisions of the People's Army Corps were held.

2007 summit[edit]

In June 2007, a summit declaration was adopted, which included the realization of the June 15 Joint Declaration, the promotion of a three-party or four-party summit meeting to resolve the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula, and active promotion of inter-Korean economic cooperation projects.

April 2018 summit[edit]

A summit was held on 27 April 2018 in South Korea's portion of the Joint Security Area. It was the third summit between South and North Korea, agreed by South Korea's President, Moon Jae-in, and North Korea's Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un.[2]

May 2018 summit[edit]

On 26 May 2018, Kim and Moon met again in the Joint Security Area.[4] The meeting took two hours, and unlike other summits it had not been publicly announced beforehand.[5]

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