Trump Makes History As First US President To Enter North Korea; Announces Restart Of Nuclear Talks

President Trump made history on today by taking an unprecedented step - literally - onto North Korean soil, after which he held an extraordinary last-minute meeting with Kim Jong Un in which he announced that Washington and Pyongyang will relaunch stalled nuclear talks.
 

Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to cross the 1953 armistice line separating North and South Korea, then joined Kim side-by-side for a roughly 50-minute meeting in the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone.It was their third since Trump took office, but none have yet yielded a nuclear deal.

Trump and Kim shook hands across a concrete slab forming the line between to the two nations at the DMZ, according to a reporter traveling with the president.

“Good to see again,” Kim said, according to a translator. He added he would have “never expected” Trump “at this place.”

Shortly after, Trump said “Good progress, good progress,” as he and Kim crossed back into South Korea. “Stepping across that line was a great honor,” Trump said, adding that he would invite Kim to visit the White House.

“I think it’s historic, it’s a great day for the world.”

Trump said the meeting was a victory, announcing that nuclear talks would resume "within weeks" and that the two countries were designating teams of officials to take the lead. He even invited Kim, who rarely leaves the country, to visit him at the White House.

Trump and Kim then met for less than 50 minutes at the Freedom House on the South Korean side of the DMZ, where the North Korean leader said he was “willing to put an end to the unfortunate past.” Kim credited the “excellent relations between the two of us” for the development.

“You hear the power of that voice” Trump said, adding that the North Korean leader “doesn’t do news conferences.” “Thus is a historic moment, the fact that we’re meeting,” he added.

Trump later told U.S. troops at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea that he noticed that "many people ... from Korea were literally in tears" when he crossed the DMZ. He also said sanctions against Pyongyang remain in place "but at some point during the negotiations things can happen” during brief remarks to reporters.

Sunday's meeting with Kim came after bad weather blocked Trump's attempt to make a surprise visit to the DMZ inNovember 2017. Trump considered meeting Kim there in 2018 before deciding to hold the first summit between the two leaders in Singapore.

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Dan Jackson 9 months ago Member's comment

Wow, big news! Truly a historic moment. Here's hoping this leads to a real peace with more security in the region and a chance for a better life for the North Korean people. But I won't be holding my breath.