Moon and his wife, Kim Jung-sook, were greeted by Kim and his wife, Ri Sol Ju. Thousands of North Koreans dressed in black suits and traditional hanboks and holding flower bouquets waved national and unification flags. A signboard said, “We ardently welcome President Moon Jae-in.” It was the first time Kim had greeted visitors at the airport since the young North Korean leader took power in 2011.
Moon will try resolving deadlocked nuclear diplomacy, easing a military standoff and promoting peace on peninsula. All this knowing that the US intelligence says North Korea is makung new nuclear weapons. Previously, Moon has met Kim twice at the Koreas’ shared border village of Panmunjom. Moon is to meet Kim at least twice — later Tuesday and then again on Wednesday. He will return home on Thursday. Moon said they need achieve “irreversible, permanent peace that is not shaken by international politics.” He also said he wants “to find a middle ground between a U.S. request for (North Korea’s) denuclearization and the North’s request for corresponding measures such as ending hostile relations and security assurances.” The Koreas’ 155-mile border is the world’s most heavily fortified, with hundreds of thousands of troops stationed along a line that’s laced with mines, barbed wire fences and anti-tank traps. Moon and Kim vowed to bring an end to the Korean War during their first summit meeting.