Five things about the North-South summit in Pyongyang

Summits between North and South Korea are

closely watched for both spectacular symbolism on grand display at the

Panmunjom summit in April and smaller hints of meaning.

Tuesday's meeting between the South's President Moon Jae-in and the

North's leader Kim Jong Un their third so far this year, but the first

time Moon has gone to Pyongyang was no exception.

Here are five things we have learned so far.

Sister act

Kim's younger sister Yo Jong, whom he sent to the South's Winter Olympics

as his special envoy, has emerged as one of his closest advisers and is

regularly seen at his side at public events. But she is developing a tendency

to stray into shot.

At the first Panmunjom summit, she walked behind Moon and her brother, who

were otherwise alone on the red carpet, until she suddenly peeled away.

And again at Pyongyang airport she briefly joined them on a platform where

they were to watch a welcome ceremony, before drifting into the cameras'

vision several times as the two leaders and their wives made their way past


Field of view

All major South Korean television channels carried wall-to-wall coverage

of Moon's arrival in Pyongyang, showing the airport events live and then

switching to studio commentary and discussion until the next footage


But the North's media is tightly controlled, even when reporting events in

the country itself, and often eschews live broadcasts, preferring to show

recorded footage.

As Kim and Moon embraced on the tarmac the North's main state television

channel showed only a test card, with eight unchanging vertical blocks of


Disputed islands

The unification flags waved by North Koreans at the airport showed a map

of the peninsula, clearly including Dokdo, islands controlled by Seoul but

claimed by Tokyo.

When similar flags were used ahead of the Winter Olympics in the South,

Japan swiftly protested, and Seoul rapidly came up with an alternative

version without the blue specks.

But Pyongyang is strongly nationalistic and constantly denounces Japan's

20th-century colonisation of the peninsula and its wartime atrocities.

A weekend commentary on the official KCNA news agency condemned Tokyo as a

political dwarf, adding that Pyongyang was keenly watching Japan adding

more crimes to the past ones and will have Japan pay dearly for them.

Domestic bliss

In their constitutions both North and South Korea claim sovereignty over

the whole of the peninsula.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Republic of Korea the

North and South's official names were founded 70 years ago but each still

technically regards the other as an illegal entity.

Relations between them are handled by Seoul's unification ministry and

Pyongyang's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, rather

than their foreign ministries.

As such, a journey between them would not be regarded as an international


And when Kim stepped onto the tarmac to welcome Moon, he emerged from a

door marked Domestic departure.

Bait and switch

Kim and Moon got into separate vehicles at Pyongyang airport before

driving away.

But by the time the convoy arrived at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse

where Moon and his closest advisers are staying the name means 100

different flowers bloom they were in the same open-topped car.

Seoul officials explained that they had paraded together past crowds of

well-wishers lining the streets along the way.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)