Historic Handshake in Divided Korea Renews Peace Hopes

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) meets South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Kim Jong Un has become the first North Korean leader to enter South Korea, igniting hopes that the armed standoff on the peninsula can be resolved.

A smiling Kim was filmed stepping over the demarcation line between the two states at Panmunjeom to shake hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

It marked the first summit between the two states for over 10 years and comes weeks before U.S. President Donald Trump travels to the peninsula for talks.

Friday’s event is in stark contrast to 2017’s round of North Korean missile tests and launches amid growing alarm from Seoul that the region was on the brink of war.

However, a sudden change appears to have gripped the totalitarian North, with an announcement this week that Pyongyang is to suspend the controversial military tests.

North Korea has been suffering from a range of economic sanctions and isolation from the international community.

Despite the optimism, previous North-South summits in 2000 and 2007 failed to produce significant deescalation on the peninsula.

Greek soldiers were part of the UN forces active in the region following the partition of the Korean peninsula in 1948.

The Greek Expeditionary Force saw 15 officers and 168 men killed in action with over 600 injured in Korea between 1950 and 1958.