US President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the third time on Sunday amid hopes for new talks at ending North Korea’s nuclear programs
ANI (@ANI) June 30, 2019
Trump met Kim on the southern side of the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone separating the two Koreas.
Trump briefly crossed the inter-Korean military border into the North, becoming the first ever US president to set foot in the reclusive country.
Trump’s brief crossing into North Korean territory marked the latest milestone in two years of roller-coaster diplomacy between the two nations, as personal taunts of “little rocket man” and threats to destroy the other have been ushered out by on-again, off-again talks, professions of love and flowery letters.
“I was proud to step over the line,” Trump told Kim as they met in a building known as “Freedom House” on the South Korean side of the village. “It is a great day for the world.” 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.”
He added that he was “surprised” when Trump invited to meet by a tweet on Saturday.
Peering into North Korea from atop Observation Post Ouellette, Trump told reporters before meeting Kim that there has been “tremendous” improvement since his first meeting with the North’s leader in Singapore last year.