South Korean officials prepare for inter-Korean summit in front of the Peace House, the venue of third inter-Korean summit at the South Korea-side of the the border village of Panmunjom between South and North Korea at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

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South Korea Turns Off Propaganda Broadcasts Ahead of First Summit

The gesture came after North Korea said it would immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests.

South Korea has halted the propaganda broadcasts it blares on the border with North Korea, reports Reuters, as the country hopes to set a positive tone ahead of the first summit in a decade between their leaders. This gesture comes after North Korea said it would immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests, get rid of its nuclear test site and instead, pursue economic growth and peace. This message was welcomed by world leaders, though President Trump cautioned the nuclear crisis was far from resolved. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is due to hold a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-In at the border truce village of Panmunjom on Friday. He is then expected to meet with Trump in late May or early June.

“North Korea’s decision to freeze its nuclear program is a significant decision for the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a regular meeting at the Blue House on Monday, according to Reuters. “It is a green light that raises the chances of positive outcomes at the North’s summits with South Korea and the United States. If North Korea goes the path of complete denuclearization starting from this, then a bright future for North Korea can be guaranteed.”

This is the first time in more than two years that the South’s broadcasts have been turned off. The broadcasts include a mix of news, Korean pop songs, and criticism of the North Korean regime.

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