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Kim Jong Un said he wanted to produce a "big outcome" as he began three days of summit talks on Tuesday with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in aimed at rekindling stalled nuclear diplomacy.

Moon's conservative predecessors, Park Geun-hye and Lee Myung-bak, faced harsh criticism from liberals that their hard-line stances only led North Korea to carry out more weapons tests and attacks such as two in 2010 that killed 50 South Koreans. Kim's father, the late Kim Jong Il, hosted two different South Korean presidents for summit sessions at the capital in 2000 and 2007.

At Seoul Station in the center of the South Korean capital, few commuters stopped to glance at the images being streamed from Pyongyang of the smiling leaders.

Like this story? Share it with a friend! After landing in a county with which his nation is technically still at war, Moon said, "From the airplane, I observed North Korea's mountains and rivers and the streets of Pyongyang from the time they appeared until we landed".

Kim and Moon met in the truce village of Panmunjom on the border on April 27 and May 26, respectively. A senior South Korean official on Monday played down the chance that this week's inter-Korean summit will result in major progress in efforts to rid North Korea of its nuclear program.

But his engagement push, which includes bringing some of South Korea's most powerful business tycoons to Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, strikes some observers as also boosting Kim as he tries to show his citizens that he's pivoting to economic improvement and - crucial yet unspoken - raising his impoverished nation up to South Korea's level, after his claim past year to have completed his nuclear arsenal.

"If Moon fails to address economic problems, he can't maintain public contentment with his government only with his North Korea policy", said Nam Sung-wook, a professor at Korea University.

Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un's sister and first vice director of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party, was also at the airport on Tuesday.

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Traveling with Moon are business tycoons, including Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong, underscoring Moon's hopes to expand cross-border business projects.

Moon was expected to have talks with Kim on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Moon's chief of staff. Moon and Kim were also expected to hold a joint news conference on Wednesday if their two sets of summit meetings go smoothly. Long has spent about 150 days in North Carolina since becoming FEMA administrator in June 2017, the Journal reports, and he continued his government-subsidized commute after DHS lawyers warned him it was illegal previous year, prompting the inspector general's office to put him under surveillance.

Kim is seeking to get security guarantees and a peace agreement formally ending the 1950-53 Korean War.

Moon says denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula can not be achieved without direct talks been Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.

The South Korean presidential office on Monday announced that the two leaders would discuss three topics at this week's summit: the improvement of inter-Korean relations, mediation and facilitation of the DPRK-U.S. nuclear negotiations, and the elimination of military tension and the threat of the war.

"I hope (President Moon) leads our economy well first than any other matters", said Ryu Ho-jin, who runs a small business near Seoul, adding he could not remember a time when things were tougher.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Russian Federation on Monday of "cheating" on U.N. sanctions on North Korea.

With Seoul and Washington moving at increasingly different speeds in their approaches to Pyongyang, Kim will look to secure more Southern-funded projects in the North.

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