Inside the Korea summit: the hidden meanings behind a carefully choreographed display of unity

In the end it was sealed with an extraordinary bear hug. The leaders of two countries on the brink of catastrophic conflict last year, embraced warmly for the cameras as they committed to work towards removing nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula and to pursue a final end to the Korean War.

It was a historic day with astonishing, at times overwhelming, visual displays of unity, prolonged hand-holding and stage-managed intimate moments mingled with sweeping grandiose statements.

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As the leaders of South and North Korea met in the village of Panmunjom on the demilitarised border zone for the first time in over a decade, their much anticipated summit was top-heavy on symbolism and light on substance….

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