Industry flourished, fueled by more abundant natural resources than in the South, and many large cities were established (New York was the largest city with more than 800,000 inhabitants).

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Between 18, the percentage of laborers working in agricultural pursuits dropped drastically from 70% to only 40%.

Slavery had died out, replaced in the cities and factories by immigrant labor from Europe.

Northern children were slightly more prone to attend school than Southern children.

The fertile soil and warm climate of the South made it ideal for large-scale farms and crops like tobacco and cotton.

Kim also told South Korean President Moon Jae-in during their historic summit on Friday that the North would have no need to keep nuclear weapons if Washington commits to formally ending the 1950-53 Korean War and signs a non-aggression pact with Pyongyang, the presidential Blue House said.

While there are lingering questions about whether North Korea will ever decide to fully relinquish its nukes as it heads into negotiations with the United States, Kim's comments qualify as the North's most specific acknowledgement yet that denuclearization would constitute surrendering its weapons.

North and South Korea's leaders Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in formally agreed to end the Korean War, as well as the complete denuclearization of the peninsula.

Many people are still skeptical because previous nuclear deals were never honoured by North Korea — and there's no official timetable or method for the denuclearization.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to shut down the country's nuclear test site in May and open the process to experts and journalists from South Korea and the United States, Seoul's presidential office said Sunday.