Trump meets Kim Jong Un in DMZ, becomes first sitting US president to step on North Korean soil

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 30 June 2019, 01:18 PM
Donald Trump becomes first sitting US president to step foot on North Korean soil, meets Kim Jong Un at Demilitarized Zone
Donald Trump becomes first sitting US president to step foot on North Korean soil, meets Kim Jong Un at Demilitarized Zone

Donald Trump created history as he stepped into North Korean territory, the first time a sitting US president has ever set foot in the former enemy country. In a historic moment, the US President Trump walked across the concrete blocks dividing North and South Korean territory in the Demilitarised Zone that divides the peninsula, where the two sides fought each other to a standstill in the 1950-53 Korean War. Trump also shared symbolic handshake with North Korea's Kim Jong-un in Demilitarised Zone between the Koreas. After the meeting, Kim Jong Un said that Trump's brief visit to North Korean territory will improve ties.

 

While many are surprised by the swiftly planned DMZ trip, Trump says that it was a ‘planned’ visit. Hailing the extremely positive vibes, Trump also invited Kim Jong Un to the White House. The North Korean dictator reportedly said that he was surprised by Trump’s tweet. "I was very surprised to hear about your offer on the tweet and only late in the afternoon I was able to confirm your invitation. I had wanted to meet you again and especially for both Koreas, this place is a sign of unfortunate history of the past. So for our two Koreas to be able to have this opportunity for me to meet you here is very significant. It means that we can feel at ease and meet each other with positive mindsets. I believe that this will have a positive influence in all our discussions in the future," Kim said.

"This will go down in the history of international politics," Kim Jong Un told Trump moments before the US President stepped into North Korea. "If Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!," Trump tweeted from Osaka in Japan, where he was attending a G20 summit before flying to Seoul. He later said he would have "no problem" stepping into the North with Kim. The four-kilometre-wide (2.5 miles) zone, running for 250 kilometres, is where the front line lay when the Korean War ended with a ceasefire rather than a peace treaty, and is described as the world's last Cold War frontier. "The meeting, however short, will have a huge impact as the DMZ symbolises the military tension between North Korea and the United States," said Koh Yu-hwan, a professor at Dongguk University in Seoul.    

First Published: Sunday, June 30, 2019 12:27 PM
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