South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attend tree planting ceremony during the inter-Korean summit at the truce village of Panmunjom, in this still frame taken from video, South Korea April 27, 2018. REUTERS
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The last time South Korea's President Moon Jae-in was on duty for a tree-related event in the Demilitarized Zone, it involved 813 troops, 27 helicopters, B-52 bombers with fighter escorts – and an aircraft carrier prowling offshore. As a young serviceman, Moon played a supporting role in "Operation Paul Bunyan," likely the most expensive tree-felling in history, when U.S. and South Korean troops cut down a poplar whose leaves were blocking strategic views.He swapped military hardware for a metal shovel Friday as with North's leader Kim Jong Un he took part in a ceremonial tree-planting next to the Military Demarcation Line that forms the border between the two Koreas.An earlier attempt to prune the tree saw North Korean soldiers kill two U.S. officers with their own tools in what was dubbed the "Axe Murder Incident" and prompted the overwhelming show of force.
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