North Korea's Kim Jong Un is set to cross the highly militarized border to the first summit with South Korea for more than a decade as the old enemies seek to end their decades of conflict and ease the tension of the Nordic nuclear weapons program.
The summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in will set the scene for Kim to meet with US President Donald Trump at the end of May or early June, in which there will be an unprecedented first meeting between members of the meeting two countries.
A few months ago, Trump and Kim acted about threats and insults, as North Korea's rapid advances in nuclear-fueled missiles that could hit the United States raised fears of a fresh conflict on the Korean peninsula.
South Korea's Month will Personal greet Kim on the military boundary line at. 9.30 (1030 AEST) on Friday, making Kim the first North Korean leader to set foot in the south since 1950-53 Korean war.
The two will be escorted by South Korean guards to an official invitation ceremony before you begin the official dialogue at. 10.30 in Peace House, a South Korean building inside the border weapon city of Panmunjom.
In a dramatic gesture just days before the summit, Kim announced that North Korea would suspend nuclear and long-distance motion tests and dismantle the only known nuclear test site.
But skepticism is violent about whether Kim is ready to give up the hard-earned nuclear arsenal that his country has defended and developed for decades, which it says is a necessary deterrent to American invasion.
South Korea hopes North Korea's leader Friday will directly confirm his will for "complete" denuklearization of the peninsula.
The two neighbors expect to release a joint statement late on Friday – possibly called the Panmunjom Declaration – which could tackle denuclearization and peace, and an improvement in relations, South Korean officials said.