Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Leaders of North, South Korea Meet

One of those chance encounters at the local bakery?

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il welcomed South Korea's president to Pyongyang displaying scant enthusiasm Tuesday while orchestrated crowds cheered the start of the second-ever summit between the divided Koreas since World War II.

I'd be excited about this if meeting between world leaders ever lead to anything positive.

The greeting was a stark contrast to the first North-South summit in 2000, when Kim greeted then-South Korean President Kim Dae-jung with smiles and clasped both his hands tightly in an emotional moment that softened the North Korean strongman's image to South Koreans and the world.

Sure he's a brutal mad man but he has such a nice handshake.

This time, Kim appeared reserved and unemotional, walking slowly and occasionally clapping lightly to encourage the crowd of thousands at the outdoor welcome ceremony, who waved red and pink paper flowers.

Sounds kind of gay.

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun appeared to revel in the moment, waving and smiling broadly before reviewing a goose-stepping North Korean military honor guard wielding rifles with bayonets.

Well, sounds like nothing was accomplished other than a flashy show. Pretty much what you would expect right?


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