South Korean Prez Meets Grim Kim in Historic Summit

Chilly Kim greets Roh in second summit ever
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2007 4:40 AM CDT
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun inspect troops.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun crossed the border to be met by cheering crowds and grim-faced North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang today for the second summit ever between the two countries. Roh hopes to make progress toward a permanent truce between the nations but won't broach the touchy topic of nuclear disarmament, which will be left to six-party talks.

"This line will gradually be erased and the wall will fall, Roh said as he crossed the border into the north. Kim remained aloof and unsmiling as he greeted Roh and his wife, in sharp contrast to the colorful crowds who cheered on cue. North and South Korea are still technically at war; the two countries never signed a peace treaty.