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Cold noodles help nuclear-free Korea talks



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Historic talks have taken place between the leaders of North and South Korea, aided by the dish of cold noodles. North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in discussed a whole range of bilateral issues, including the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsular. Cold noodles ensured the talks were conducted in a jovial manner. After Kim Jong-un made history by becoming the first North Korean leader to cross the border and step foot in the South, he joked about his gift of cold noodles for his counterpart. Long queues formed outside cold noodle shops in Seoul. On social media, the term "cold noodles" was trending higher than "North Korea-South Korea summit".

World leaders were optimistic on Friday that the summit would lead to peace between the two Koreas. The two countries are technically still at war, having never signed a peace treaty since the end of the Korean War in 1953. China praised the Korean leaders for their "political courage". It welcomed their joint declaration vowing to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and seek a peace treaty. China's foreign ministry called the handshake on the border between the leaders a "historic moment". Many families either side of the border were separated by the Korean War. They are now hopeful that better relations between their two countries will allow them to reunite with family members after decades of separation.

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