Today's edition of CNN 10 begins by explaining why a dinner gathering in North Korea is making news headlines around the world. There's a lot that's unknown about the nation situated between China and South Korea. For decades, its secretive communist government has completely controlled the media, the economy, the nation's industry.
And experts say that since he took power in 2011, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has kept himself pretty close off as well, rarely meeting with people who aren't from North Korea.
That's why this dinner we're telling you about is so significant. A high ranking group from South Korea's government, including its national security leader and its national intelligence leader traveled to North Korea's capital for talks with Kim Jong-un. This is thought to be his first face to face meeting with South Korean officials and it's part of a series of friendlier interactions between North and South Korea since officials from the two sides begin talking again in advance of the Winter Olympics.
It's also a major contrast to what happened last year, when North Korea conducted weapons test that the international community considers illegal and threats were exchanged between North Korea and the U.S., an ally of South Korea.
But America and South Korea say their priority is getting the North to give up its nuclear weapons program, and while some experts are encouraged by the talks on the Korean peninsula, others are doubtful about whether they'll lead to any lasting peace, so they're being watched very closely worldwide.
所以这场晚宴才如此意义重大 。韩国政府派出高级别特使团前往朝鲜首都同金正恩举行会谈，成员包括韩国国家安保室长和国家情报院院长 。这被认为是自朝韩两国在平昌冬奥会前开始对话以来，金正恩首次同韩国官员举行面对面会谈，也是两国一系列友好互动的其中一个活动 。
1. face to face 面对面；
例句：Sometimes companies will ask you for a telephone interview before a face to face one.
2. in advance of 在…的前面；在…之前；
例句：Students are asked to prepare material in advance of each weekly seminar.
3. give up 放弃；戒除；
例句：They'll have to give up completely on certain of their studies.
4. be doubtful about 怀疑的；疑惑的；拿不定主意的；
例句：I was still very doubtful about the chances for success.