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Improving cross-border ties a tough challenge for Moon

The brilliant 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.

Today 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 easing of tensions.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 27, 2019, with the headline 'Improving cross-border ties a tough challenge for Moon'. Print Edition | Subscribe