Surreal scenes capped off the historic meeting between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in today as they held hands and listened to Korean pop music during a lavish farewell ceremony.
Kim became the first North Korean leader to step into the South for 65 years as he and President Moon vowed 'there will be no more war' and agreed to 'complete denuclearisation'.
The two sworn enemies exchanged a warm greeting at the 38th parallel in the truce village of Panmunjom before the pair held talks and planted a commemorative tree together. The dramatic meeting has been seen as a precursor to planned talks between Kim and US President Donald Trump next month.
As the summit came to an end today, Kim and Moon clasped hands as K-pop blared during a bizarre farewell and photos of their meeting were projected onto a massive screen installed in front of the building where they met. Kim then boarded a black Mercedes Benz limousine that drove him back north.
The scenes were reminiscent of Donald Trump's meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron earlier this week where the two leaders were seen holding hands and hugging during talks at the White House.
This afternoon, Kim and Moon embraced warmly after signing a statement in which they declared 'there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula'. The two countries said they will push for talks with the US, and potentially China, to officially end the 1950-53 conflict, which stopped with an armistice and left the Koreas still technically at war.
They also agreed to rid their peninsula of nuclear weapons but did not provide any new specific measures outlining how to achieve the objective.
Surreal scenes capped off the historic meeting between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in today as they held hands and listened to Korean pop music during a lavish farewell ceremony
At a farewell ceremony, the two men watched images of their landmark encounter beamed onto the summit venue in a sound-and-light show, standing hand-in-hand for several minutes before they sat alongside their wives
South Korean President Moon Jae-in (centre) sees off North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (second from left) as Kim returns to the North
Photos of the summit were projected onto a massive screen installed in front of the building where Kim and Moon met
Red carpet treatment: Kim Jong-un climbed in to the back of a limousine alongside his wife Ri Sol Ju ahead of his return to Pyongyang
Fond farewell: The first ladies of North and South Korea embrace as their husbands watch on at the end of the historic summit
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves from his limousine as he departs from the inter-Korean summit at the truce village of Panmunjom
Jong-un waves from his car as he bids farewell to South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Peace House building at the end of their summit
Moon Jae-in's motorcade drives past a bridge in the border city of Paju, North of Seoul, as he makes his way back to Seoul
As pop music blared, Kim and Moon firmly grasped each other's hands Friday during a lavish farewell ceremony at the border truce village of Panmunjom
The farewell ceremony was reminiscent of Donald Trump's meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron earlier this week where the two leaders were seen holding hands and hugging during talks at the White House
Kim said: 'We are going to be one again, as we share the same history, the same language, the same culture, the same blood. We are going to happily look back at the hard times in the past when we achieve a new future. No pain, no gain. Let us go forward, step by step for the bright future together.'
It comes following a year in which North Korea, the South and the US traded increasingly bellicose rhetoric about nuclear war amid a series of atomic tests by Kim's regime, but then dramatically softened their stances in the last few months.
A delighted Donald Trump tweeted this morning: 'KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!'
In an earlier tweet, he had cautiously praised the talks, writing: 'After a furious year of missile launches and Nuclear testing, a historic meeting between North and South Korea is now taking place. Good things are happening, but only time will tell!'He also praised China, adding: 'Please do not forget the great help that my good friend, President Xi of China, has given to the United States, particularly at the Border of North Korea. Without him it would have been a much longer, tougher, process!'
Trump has long called on China to use its leverage as North Korea's largest trading partner and sole ally to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, sometimes expressing disappointment with Beijing.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday applauded the 'truly historic summit'.
North Korea has placed its nuclear weapons up for negotiations. It has previously used the term 'denuclearisation' to say it can disarm only when the US withdraws its 28,500 troops in South Korea.
Kim and Moon announced after their summit that the Koreas will push for three-way talks including Washington or four-way talks that also include Beijing on converting the armistice into a peace treaty and establishing permanent peace on the Korean peninsula.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in waves from his car after his historic day of talks with Kim Jong-un on Friday
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un applauds with his wife Ri Sol Ju and sister Kim Yo Jong at a dinner in the truce village of Panmunjom
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (centre) speaks at the banquet as his wife Ri Sol Ju (left), South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (second from right) and his wife Kim Jung-sook (right)
Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, one of the dictator's key aides, is pictured assisting the North Korean leader as he signs documents
If there were any doubt before about what an important role Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong plays in his life, it was banished as she seemed to spend almost the entire day at his side
Moon Jae-in is due to visit Pyongyang this autumn while the two sides said they hope the parties will be able to declare an official end to the war by the end of this year.
They agreed to open a permanent communication office in the North Korean town of Kaesong, resume temporary reunions between relatives separated by the Korean War and will seek to expand civilian exchanges and pursue joint sports and cultural events.
The family reunions are expected to take place around August 15, an anniversary for both Koreas celebrating their peninsula's liberation from Japanese colonial rule after the end of World War II.
This evening, Kim's wife Ri Sol-ju crossed the border into South Korean territory to attend a summit dinner hosted by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
She smiled as she shared a brief conversation with South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook and said: 'I'm happy to hear from my husband that the summit was a success. I hope things the two leaders do go well.'
Earlier, the leaders kept up a friendly demeanor during official talks inside the Peace House pavilion, with Kim joking to Moon that he would 'stop interrupting his sleep' with constant missile tests.
The leader of nuclear-armed North Korea Kim Jong Un and the South's President Moon Jae-in said they were committed to the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula after a historic summit Friday
The leaders talked unaccompanied on a nearby bridge after their lunch break and they are later expected to resume their summit
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and first lady Ri Sol Ju, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and first lady Kim Jung-sook pose for photos ahead of a dinner at the truce village
- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in embraced after pledging on Friday to work for the 'complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula,' punctuating a day of smiles and handshakes at the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade
The two Koreas announced they would work with the United States and China this year to declare an official end to the 1950s Korean war and seek an agreement to establish 'permanent' and 'solid' peace in its place
Kim Jong-un has become the first North Korean leader to step into the South for 65 years as he met with President Moon Jae-in for a historic peace summit on Friday
The dictator, wearing his trademark black Mao suit, and President Moon, in a navy jacket, hold hands as they walk side-by-side across the demarcation line inside the truce village of Panmunjom at the start of Friday's summit