The upbringings and experiences of the two Korean leaders who will sit down for talks on the future of their shared peninsula on Friday could not be more different. 

One was born into a ruling dynasty that effectively makes him emperor over an impoverished and isolated land.

The other was from a family who barely managed to escape from the city of Hungnam before it fell to Chinese forces in December 1950, lived as a refugee in Busan, served a prison term for protesting against South Korea’s military government as a student, and became a lawyer specialising in human rights cases, eventually, going into politics.

But these two men – Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in – now have an opportunity to set into…

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