“Acceding to media choreography is a very small price to pay when Kim and Moon meet,” one expert said.
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Kim Jong Un will be in unchartered territory when the third-generation autocrat crosses over to the southern half of the Demilitarized Zone separating the rival Koreas Friday, possibly on foot, and greets South Korean President Moon Jae-in.But as Kim navigates this minefield (figuratively; he's not passing through that part of the DMZ) at the third-ever leadership summit between the rivals, he may actually have an ally of sorts in Moon. Despite an announcement that some bits of the summit will be shown live, and the possibility of a joint news conference, Moon seems intent on keeping the North Korean leader at ease and an aggressive local media at bay, while engineering a summit meant to move the Koreas from what seemed like the brink of war last year to the engagement that the liberal Moon has always dreamed of. This mindset could make it hard for Moon – keen on creating a legacy-defining moment that will set up Kim's summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in the coming weeks – to resist whatever media controls the North demands.
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