South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, left, holds hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il after exchanging a joint declaration documents in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Yonhap Pool Photo via AP, File)
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After a summit high on theatrics, emotional displays of Korean reconciliation and some important but familiar sounding plans to boost bilateral relations, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has safely returned to Pyongyang and South Korean President Moon Jae-in to his official residence in Seoul.That puts the ball squarely in the court of U.S. President Donald Trump, whose much anticipated sit-down with Kim is expected to be just weeks away.For Moon and Kim, that was probably a feature, not a bug.Kim then went off script, according to South Korean officials, and motioned for Moon to take a step back and join him in the North.One difference from Friday's summit was the pledge by Kim and Moon to officially declare an end to the conflict this year.Moon clearly is interested in pursuing a less volatile relationship with the North on several fronts and appears unwilling to put all of that on hold until Kim agrees to some sort of quick and complete denuclearization.Maybe that will all become clear when Kim and Trump meet.
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