Since North and South Korean leaders met last week, there has been renewed hope that 2018 could see the formal end of the Korean War and Kim Jong-un giving up his nuclear weapons. But denuclearization isn't as easy as surrendering a truckload of bombs.
As South Korean President Moon Jae-in welcomes Kim Jong-un on Friday when the 34 year old leader walks across the military demarcation line between the neighbors, many experts around the world are focusing on just how realistic it is that North Korea will dismantle its Punggye-ri nuclear test site.
South Korea halted the propaganda broadcasts it blares across the border with North Korea on Monday, aiming to set a positive tone ahead of the first summit in a decade between their leaders as the US president cautioned the nuclear crisis was far from resolved.
North Korea said on Saturday it would immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests, scrap its nuclear test site and instead pursue economic growth and peace, ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the United States.
Seoul officials see the talks as the starting point of President Moon Jae-in's initiative to denuclearize and build lasting peace on the peninsula, beginning with a freeze in the North's nuclear program and ending in its complete abolishment.
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