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N Korea at crossroads

Moon goes all-out for inter-Korean peace as approval falters

Taboo-breaking trip included Mount Paektu photo op and stadium speech

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in took diplomacy with the North to once-unthinkable heights in a three-day visit ended Thursday, showing eagerness for reconciliation as unpopular economic policies push down his approval ratings.

Along with a denuclearization agreement and a promise to visit Seoul from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the summit brought a series of firsts for any South Korean leader, starting shortly after he arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday. A motorcade ferrying the two men to a reception hall passed by the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where the bodies of Kim's two predecessors -- father Kim Jong Il and grandfather Kim Il Sung -- are enshrined.

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