DATE=6/13/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=KOREA SUMMIT OVERNIGHTER (L) NUMBER=2-263434 BYLINE=ROGER WILKISON DATELINE=SEOUL CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The leaders of North and South Korea have scheduled another round of talks in Pyongyang Wednesday as their historic summit moves into a second day. VOA correspondent Roger Wilkison reports the summit got off to a dramatic start when North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong-il showed up at the airport to personally greet South Korean President Kim Dae- jung. TEXT: Fifty years after the Korean War began, the leaders of the two longtime enemies have now met face- to-face for the first time. In a surprising gesture, Kim Jong-il, who is rarely seen in public, emerged from a crowd of well-wishers, strutted up to Kim Dae- jung's aircraft and gave his South Korean visitor a warm two-handed handshake. The two men trooped past a receiving line as the crowd cheered, reviewed an honor guard and climbed into the same limousine for the ride downtown. Hundreds of thousands of North Koreans waving pom-poms made of vinyl flowers lined the streets in the biggest welcome Pyongyang has bestowed upon a visitor in ten years. The two men then sat down for a brief get-acquainted session with their aides and promised to do their best to overcome decades of hostility. The South Korean leader was later treated to a song-and-dance performance and was the guest of honor at a state dinner hosted by North Korea's number two leader, Kim Yong-nam. Kim Dae-jung told his dinner audience that he hopes his visit to North Korea will be a first step toward freeing the peninsula from the threat of war. He also said he hopes the summit can result in reunions of families separated by the Korean War. But his main pitch was for a sustained dialogue between the two Koreas, saying the mountain of issues to be overcome should be solved step by step. ///KIM DAE JUNG ACTUALITY (IN KOREAN)/// He urged that roads between north and south that have been blocked for half a century be reopened, and that rail and sea and air links be developed so that Koreans -in his words-will be able to travel across the border and work toward reconciliation, cooperation and eventual reunification. Lee Jung-Hoon, a professor of international relations at Seoul's Yonsei University, says that despite the cordial atmosphere that has prevailed so far, North Korea has to take major steps to achieve reconciliation with the South. ///LEE ACTUALITY/// The summit has gotten off to a very good start, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that some positive results will be brought about at the end of the day. But to say that this will automatically lead to some sort of genuine reconciliation (depends on) North Korea reducing its threat factor. ///END ACTUALITY/// The first concrete result of the summit is that the two leaders have agreed to set up a hot line between Seoul and Pyongyang. Their discussions on Wednesday are expected to revolve around economic cooperation, family reunions and an eventual end to the Cold War on the peninsula. South Korean reporters traveling with their president say Kim Jong-il is especially eager to discuss Kim Dae-jung's offer to help North Korea rebuild its tattered economy. (signed) NEB/RW/KBK 13-Jun-2000 11:31 AM LOC (13-Jun-2000 1531 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .
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