North and South Korea begin peace talks

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The leaders of North and South Korea have met for the first time in 10 years.

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in shook hands at the border. They then held hands as they crossed the military line between the two countries.

This is the first time a North Korean leader has set foot in the country of South Korea in 65 years.

In 1953, following the Korean War, the countries agreed an armistice – which is when warring countries agree to stop fighting.

It was that war which split Korea into two; North and South.

The two leaders have now said they will formally agree a peace treaty by the end of the year.

Over the last few months North Korea has been making efforts to start friendlier talks with its neighbour.

In January 2018 a secure phone line was reopened allowing the two government’s to talk to one another.

North Korea sent a team to the 2018 Winter Olympics in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang.

North and South Korea also put on a show of unity during the Olympic opening ceremony, with their athletes entering the stadium under the same flag.

The flag showed the outline of both countries joined together.


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