Trump meets Kim in DMZ, becomes first sitting US president to step into Hermit Kingdom

Kim Jong Un
North Korea
6/30/2019 7:54 AM   

With wide grins and a historic handshake, President Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. leader to set foot in North Korea when he took 20 steps into the Hermit Kingdom on Sunday.

Trump shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he crossed the low stone curb separating the North and the South at around 3:45 p.m. local time. The event — which also included a roughly 50-minute meeting behind closed doors — marked a return to face-to-face contact between the two leaders after talks broke down during a summit in Vietnam in February.

Speaking to reporters afterward, Trump said that the two leaders had agreed to revive talks on the pariah nation’s nuclear program.

The president said, "speed is not the object" in trying to reach a deal but noted he believes both sides want to get the job done.

"We're looking to get it right," Trump said.

The meeting between Trump and Kim was the first face-to-face meeting between the two since their failed summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, in February. Prior to that, they met in Singapore last June.

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