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South Koreans hold a banner showing the pictures of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to welcome the plann...
Four North Korean soldiers, center far, and four South Korean soldiers, right and left, stand at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized ...
A man watches the North side from the unification observatory in Paju, near the border with North Korea, South Korea, Thursday, April 26, 2018. North ...
A South Korean military vehicle passes by unification flags near Unification Bridge, which leads to the Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Thursday, Apri...
North Korean soldiers, center, walk, as South Korean soldiers stand, bottom, at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea...
South Korean President Moon Jae-in's chief of staff Im Jong-seok speaks during a press conference in Goyang, South Korea, Thursday, April 26, 2018. Se...
A South Korean army soldier, center, talks with police officers as they stand guard at Unification Bridge, which leads to Panmunjom in Paju, South Kor...
Members of the South Korean women's peace group stage a rally to support the upcoming summit between South and North Korea at the Imjingak Pavilion in...
Elementary school students read banners placed on a barbed wire fence with messages wishing for the reunification of the two Koreas at the Imjingak Pa...
South Koreans hold unification flags to welcome the planned summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un near...
A banner showing the pictures of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un  to welcome the planned summit between ...
South Koreans pose for the media as they hold a banner showing the pictures of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, and North Korean leader Kim J...

South Koreans hold a banner showing the pictures of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to welcome the plann...

Four North Korean soldiers, center far, and four South Korean soldiers, right and left, stand at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized ...

A man watches the North side from the unification observatory in Paju, near the border with North Korea, South Korea, Thursday, April 26, 2018. North ...

A South Korean military vehicle passes by unification flags near Unification Bridge, which leads to the Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Thursday, Apri...

North Korean soldiers, center, walk, as South Korean soldiers stand, bottom, at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea...

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's chief of staff Im Jong-seok speaks during a press conference in Goyang, South Korea, Thursday, April 26, 2018. Se...

A South Korean army soldier, center, talks with police officers as they stand guard at Unification Bridge, which leads to Panmunjom in Paju, South Kor...

Members of the South Korean women's peace group stage a rally to support the upcoming summit between South and North Korea at the Imjingak Pavilion in...

Elementary school students read banners placed on a barbed wire fence with messages wishing for the reunification of the two Koreas at the Imjingak Pa...

South Koreans hold unification flags to welcome the planned summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un near...

A banner showing the pictures of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to welcome the planned summit between ...

South Koreans pose for the media as they hold a banner showing the pictures of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, and North Korean leader Kim J...

GOYANG, South Korea (AP) — The latest on the summit between the leaders of North Korea and South Korea: (All times local):

7:30 a.m.

North Korea's state media reports that leader Kim Jong Un has left Pyongyang for the North-South summit meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

A report by the North's Korean Central News Agency said Kim would "open-heartedly'''discuss with Moon "all the issues arising in improving inter-Korean relations and achieving peace, prosperity and reunification of the Korean peninsula."

The report called the summit on Friday "historic" and noted that it would be held on the south side of the Demilitarized Zone, a first for Kim.

It also said that after the talks Kim will plant a memorial tree with Moon, make public the results of the talks and attend a dinner hosted by Moon before returning to Pyongyang.

11 a.m. Thursday

Seoul says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon-Jae-in will plant a tree together and inspect an honor guard after Kim walks across the border for the leaders' historic summit.

South Korea is releasing some details Thursday ahead of the Koreas' third-ever summit being held on the southern side of the border village of Panmunjom on Friday. The talks are expected to focus on North Korea's nuclear program.

Moon's chief of staff Im Jong-seok says Moon will meet Kim at the border, inspect the honor guard and then start formal talks. Im says the two leaders will also plant a pine tree together on the borderline, using dirt from both countries' mountains and rivers.

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Foster Klug, the AP's bureau chief for South Korea, has covered the Koreas since 2005. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/apklug


Updated : 2021-05-15 13:12 GMT+08:00