>> All quiet at the Korean DMZ on Monday morning. South Korea has halted the propaganda broadcasts it blares across the border to North Korea ahead of a historic planned summit between the two sides set for this Friday. It's the first time in more than two years the 24/7 mix of news, South Korean pop music, and criticism of the North Korean regime has stopped.
The broadcasts halted briefly from 2015 to 2016, but restarted after North Korea's fourth nuclear test that year. South Korea's defense ministry said they'd pushed pores to create a quiet atmosphere for this week's talks with Kim Jong-Un. North Korea also blasts propaganda over the border between the countries who are still technically at war.
Seoul officials couldn't confirm if Pyongyang would shut off their own speakers. But they did turn down the volume during the Winter Olympics. US President Donald Trumps said Sunday that the Korean crisis had a long way to go despite a pledge from the North on Saturday to suspend its nuclear and missile test and close its nuclear test site.
North Korea also said the country would be gearing all it's efforts towards economic development in spite of the North's promise doubts about Kim Jong-un's intentions still exist. And South Korean president Moon will be under intense international scrutiny at Friday's summit. Moon now has a direct phone link to Kim on his office desk instead of having to communicate through the joint security area at Pan Mun Jong.
The two leaders are expected to use the direct line before the meet. Kim is also expected to meet with Trump in late May or early June although Trump has said the meeting may still not happen.