Korean leaders in historic summit

Other News Materials 2 October 2007 03:21

( BBC ) - Leaders of the two Koreas are preparing to meet each other in only the second top-level summit between the two sides.

South Korea's President Roh Moo-hyun says forging a permanent peace between the countries will be his top priority when he meets the North's Kim Jong-il.

He plans to cross the heavily fortified border on foot in a symbolic gesture.

The 1950-53 war between the two countries has never formally ended, but the government in Seoul has been building hopes for a permanent truce.

It says this summit may pave the way for that historic step.

"Many issues will be discussed but I will put priority on the establishment of peace on the Korean peninsula," said Mr Roh, before his departure.