In historic first, Donald Trump meets Kim Jong-un and steps into North Korea


Seoul: US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Sunday met at Panmunjom, a border village at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas, and shook hands. Trump also entered North Korean territory from here, taking 20 steps before returning.

This is the first time the two leaders have met since their February summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, which ended abruptly without an agreement.

Trump and Kim first came face-to-face during their first historic meeting last June in Singapore.

Sunday’s meeting was also the first time for leaders of the two nations to hold a meeting at Panmunjom since the Korean War ended with the Armistice Agreement in 1953, reports Yonhap News Agency.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Trump, who is on a two-day visit to South Korea, said it was a “great honour to cross that line (DMZ)”, while Kim deemed it “as a “historic moment”.

Trump has also invited Kim to Washington, but it was not immediately clear if the latter has accepted the invitation.