South Korea halts propaganda broadcasts ahead of summit

South Korea halts propaganda broadcasts ahead of summit
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South Korea on Monday paused anti-North Korean propaganda broadcasts on the border while Seoul and Pyongyang gear up for talks between the nations' leaders, according to multiple reports.

“We hope this decision will lead both Koreas to stop mutual criticism and propaganda against each other and also contribute in creating peace and a new beginning,” said South Korea’s defense ministry, as reported by Reuters.

The propaganda reportedly featured commentary on North Korea's leadership, in addition to pop music.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are slated to meet this week in a border town, ahead of a planned meeting between Kim and President TrumpDonald John TrumpDC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' DC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' Mexico's immigration chief resigns amid US pressure over migrants MORE that would be the first for a sitting U.S. president.

“North Korea’s decision to freeze its nuclear program is a significant decision for the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” Moon said Monday, according to Reuters.

“It is a green light that raises the chances of positive outcomes at the North’s summits with South Korea and the United States. If North Korea goes the path of complete denuclearization starting from this, then a bright future for North Korea can be guaranteed.”

North Korean state media reported last week that Pyongyang would stop nuclear weapons testing, a move welcomed by Trump.

“North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site,” Trump wrote on Twitter Friday evening. “This is very good news for North Korea and the World - big progress! Look forward to our Summit.”