Trump meets with Kim, crosses border into DPRK

Sunday, 2019-06-30 14:15:05
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US President Donald Trump meets with Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the DPRK, in the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom on June 30, 2019. (Source: Xinhua/NEWSIS)
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US President Donald Trump met with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Un for the third time on Sunday (June 30) amid hopes for new talks at ending DPRK’s nuclear programmes.

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 DPRK, becoming the first ever US president to set foot in the Asian country.

Earlier in the day, the Republic of Korea (ROK) President Moon Jae-in said that US President Donald Trump and the leader of the DPRK Kim Jong Un, will meet in the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom.

Moon said in a joint press conference with Trump after holding their summit in the presidential Blue House complex that the leaders of the DPRK and the United States will meet and shake hands in Panmunjom for the first time since the armistice agreement was signed 66 years ago.

The Korean Peninsula has been left divided since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with armistice.

Moon said the upcoming Panmunjom meeting between Kim and Trump would become a "historically great moment" in the Korean Peninsula's peace process.

Trump said he looked forward to the meeting very much, noting that he and Kim had developed a good relationship and understood each other.

Since his first summit with the DPRK leader in Singapore last June, Trump said there had been neither nuclear nor ballistic missile tests from the DPRK and also the return of the remains of US soldiers killed during the Korean War.

Trump said he had a "certain chemistry" with Kim, but he noted that he was in no rush as he and Kim had a long way to go.

The US president also described his second summit with the DPRK leader in February in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi as a "great meeting" more important than the Singapore summit. The Hanoi summit ended with no agreement.

Moon will accompany Trump to Panmunjom, but the ROK president said the Panmunjom meeting would be focused on talks between Trump and Kim as it would have a great meaning in letting the DPRK-US talks move forward.

Moon said he would seek his summit with Kim next time, expressing his anticipation for a change in the DPRK-US dialogue from the Panmunjom meeting.

Reuters, Xinhua