Kim Jong-un became the first North Korean leader in modern history to cross into South Korean territory, when he met with South Korea's Moon Jae-in on Thursday in a historic summit at the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

Why it matters: This is only the third meeting of its kind since the Korean war that ended in 1953. This is also a huge step forward in preparation for President Trump's meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Per ABC, the two leaders planned to "take a pleasant walk, plant a commemorative tree, inspect an honor guard and belly-up to a lavish banquet."

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement: "On the occasion of Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in’s historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, we wish the Korean people well. We are hopeful that talks will achieve progress toward a future of peace and prosperity for the entire Korean Peninsula.  The United States appreciates the close coordination with our ally, the Republic of Korea, and looks forward to continuing robust discussions in preparation for the planned meeting between President Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong Un in the coming weeks."

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