Tough challenge for Moon Jae-in to improve ties with North Korea amid nuclear deadlock

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas on April 27, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL - The smiles on the faces of the leaders of the two Koreas when they first met must now be replaced with frowns, as they grapple with the formidable task of advancing bilateral ties amid a nuclear deadlock with the United States.

Saturday (Apr 27) marks the first anniversary of the Panmunjom Summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which paved the way for reconciliation and an easing of tensions.

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