It was a symbolic morning on the Korean peninsula as Kim Jong-Un stepped across the demarcation line
dividing the two Koreas, becoming the first North Korean leader to set in the South since the end of the Korean War in 1953. As Kim shook hands with his South Korean counterpart in the crisp spring air amid the flickering of cameras, he invited the South Korean president to briefly step into the north where both men shook hands again. Both leaders have vowed to "write a new chapter" in the troubled history of the Korean peninsula, and hopes are high that the summit will result in denuclearization
and permanent peace between the two countries.
The summit is the first meeting between Korean leaders in more than a decade. The last time was during the 2007 inter-Korean summit when President Roh Moo-hyun traveled to Pyongyang to meet Kim Jong-il. Dialogue between the nations occurred more frequently prior to that summit as the following infographic shows. In its aftermath, however, the meeting count dropped off sharply in line with fiery rhetoric from the North Korean capital and there were none in 2012, 2016 and 2017. The South's Unification Ministry recorded meetings between the two countries from 2002 and 2018, and there were 267 in total. They fall under the categories economy (121), politics (47), military (43), humanitarian (32) and society & culture (24).