The North celebrates with a major military parade and a revival of its iconic mass games. In keeping with leader Kim Jong Un's new policies, the emphasis is firmly on economic development.
The meeting at Seoul’s presidential palace is being hailed as the most significant diplomatic encounter between the rival states in years.
A top North Korean leader on Thursday reaffirmed his nation's intention to disarm, calling a nuclear-free Korean peninsula the "dying wish" of former dictator Kim Il Sung. Kim Yong Nam, the North's second-in-command, said his regime "will make efforts to realize" that wish.