April 26, 2018 10:00
President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will come face to face at a round table at the Peace House in the border truce village of Panmunjom during their summit on Friday.
The table measures 2,018 mm across to symbolize the year the historic summit takes place, and the meeting room resembles the living room of a traditional Korean house even though the three-story building is a nondescript concrete structure.
The protocol has been planned down to the smallest detail. It remains to be seen if as much thought has gone into preparing the agenda.
Cheong Wa Dae spokeswoman Ko Min-jung told reporters, "We tried to ensure that the physical barrier and psychological distance created by 70 years of division will be reduced so that the two leaders could sit face to face and engage in frank dialogue."
The two leaders will enter the meeting room at the same time after signing a visitor's book on the first floor. Seven chairs have been placed on each side of the table, embellished with a map of the Korean Peninsula, including Ulleung Island and Dokdo.
A Cheong Wa Dae official said, "The number of chairs could change because a final list of participants has yet to be confirmed."
Moon will be accompanied by Cheong Wa Dae Chief of Staff Im Jong-seok, national security adviser Chung Eui-yong, National Intelligence Service Director Suh Hoon, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, Defense Minister Song Yong-moo and Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.
The list of officials accompanying Kim Jong-un has yet to be unveiled but may include Kim Yong-chol, his own spy chief.
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