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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)
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Source: Voice of America
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