Trump Steps Into North Korea With Kim Jong-un at DMZ and Agrees to Resume Talks

June 30: With a historic handshake, President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un met at the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone on Sunday and agreed to revive talks on nuclear program.With the highly symbolic gesture, Trump, became the first sitting American leader to step into North Korea. The impromptu exchange of pleasantries transformed into a 50-minute meeting .

Trump took 10 steps into the North with Kim at his side and then escorted back to the South for talks at freedom House, where they agreed to revive the stalled negitiations. Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, both senior White House advisers were present at the meeting.

This meeting gave a fresh hope to the talks after talks broke down during Hanoi summit in February but it is hard to predict about the future of the negotiations and North’s willingness to give up its stockpile of nuclear weapons.

“I was proud to step over the line,” Trump told Kim as they met in on the South Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom. “It is a great day for the world.”

“We’ve developed a great relationship, I think if you go back two and a half years and you look at what was going on prior to me becoming president, it was a very, very bad situation a very dangerous situation for South Korea, North Korea, for the world,” the US president said.

“I think the relationship that we have developed has meant so much to so many people, and it’s just an honour to be with you and it was an honour that you asked me to step over that line and I was proud to step over the line,” he added.

“I look forward to it very much. We’ve developed a very good relationship,” Trump said, hailing a “certain chemistry” between the two leaders.

Kim hailed the moment, saying of Trump, “I believe this is an expression of his willingness to eliminate all the unfortunate past and open a new future.” Kim added that he was “surprised” when Trump issued an unorthodox meeting invitation by tweet on Saturday.
Substantive talks between the countries had largely broken down after the last Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, which ended early when the leaders hit an impasse.

The U.S. has said the North must submit to “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization” before sanctions are lifted.

As he announced the resumptions of talks, Trump told reporters “we’re not looking for speed. We’re looking to get it right.”He added that economic sanctions on the North would remain.

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