There are a few historic moments that will go down in the history books, and we all just witnessed one this morning.
As powerful as Reagan’s “tear down that wall”.
It was President Trump boldly stepping across the DMZ from the South Korean side to meet a smiling Chairman Kim.
Things that were UNTHINKABLE just 3 years ago.
But no longer, thanks to President Trump.
Watch it happen:
Here's more, from Bloomberg:
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un agreed to restart nuclear talks after an hour-long meeting Sunday which saw Trump become the first American leader to set foot in North Korea while in office.
Trump hailed ties with Kim, whom he has now met three times, and invited him to visit the White House. The meeting was hastily planned after the president issued an offer on Saturday via Twitter for Kim to join him at the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas.
Kim said he was “surprised” by Trump’s request to meet, and called the U.S. president’s short walk over the demarcation line into North Korea “a very courageous and determined act.”
Teams from each side will resume talks over the next few weeks “and we’ll see what happens,” Trump told reporters at the DMZ. He said sanctions would remain for now but suggested some could be lifted in the course of the negotiations. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who took part in at least some of the meeting, praised Trump’s “bold, drastic, creative approach.
“We want to get it right,” Trump said of nuclear talks that had been stalled for months since a failed summit with Kim in Vietnam. “We’re not looking for speed. We want to get it right.”
“The relationship that we’ve developed has meant so much to so many people,” he told reporters, standing next to the North Korean leader. He thanked Kim for showing up, saying his willingness to meet on short notice “made us both look good.”
While Trump has met Kim twice before at summits in Singapore and Hanoi, no U.S. president has ever sat down with a North Korean leader at the DMZ. Trump made his audacious invitation to Kim while in Japan for the Group of 20 summit, jolting the gathering of world leaders as well as officials in the U.S. and Seoul.
“I saw that tweet and it felt like you’ve sent a flower of hope for the Korean Peninsula,” Moon told Trump on Sunday. “If you shake hands with Chairman Kim Jong Un at the Military Demarcation Line, it would be historic, just by the picture of it."
Trump and Kim have maintained friendly relations despite failing to agree on a path forward to a deal that would ease sanctions in return for steps toward eliminating North Korea’s nuclear threat. Their Hanoi meeting collapsed after Trump refused Kim’s demand for sanctions relief in exchange for only dismantling his main nuclear complex at Yongbyon.
Moon said on Sunday that if Kim were to “sincerely, completely” dismantle Yongbyon, the international community would be able to discuss easing sanctions.
“It’ll be the starting point for an irreversible denuclearization,” he said.
Trump defended his meetings with Kim and claimed that his predecessor, Barack Obama had sought a meeting with the North Korean leader and been refused.
“A lot’s been done,” he said, citing Kim’s restraint from testing nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles since talks first began. “President Obama wanted to meet and Chairman Kim would not meet him. They were begging for meetings constantly.”
Ben Rhodes, who was Obama’s deputy national security adviser, said in a tweet the former president never sought to see Kim. “Trump is lying,” Rhodes said. “Foreign policy isn’t reality television it’s reality.”
And from ABC News:
Donald Trump became the first U.S. president to step into North Korea Sunday, reaching across the demarcation line to shake hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and then, at Kim's invitation, stepping across the border and into North Korea -- in a historic moment Trump called "a great honor."
Kim, through a translator, called Trump's decision to meet with him a "courageous and determined act."
"I just want to thank you, it was very quick notice and I just want to thank you," Trump said.
"Good to see you again, I never expected to see you in this place," Kim said as they initially shook hands.
Both leaders spoke, standing side by side, before heading into a bilateral meeting in a nearby building.
"Tremendous positivity, really great things are happening" Trump said. "We met and we liked each other from day one and that was very important."
After Trump and Kim met for more than 40 minutes, they emerged together from the Freedom House -- along with Moon -- and walked side-by-side back to the demarcation line, where Trump and Moon bid Kim farewell.
Back inside Freedom House, Trump declared it a "great" and "legendary" day and said they agreed to formulate teams to restart active negotiations for a comprehensive agreement. Trump said Steve Biegun, U.S. special representative for North Korea, would lead the U.S. side.
"We just had a very, very good meeting with Chairman Kim and we’ve agreed that we’re going to designate a team, and the team will try and work out some deals, and again speed is not the object, we want to see if we can do a really comprehensive good deal."
"Nobody knows how things go, but certainly this was a great day. This was a very legendary, very historic day," Trump said.
"It will be more historic if something comes of it, something very important, but a lot has already come of it," Trump continued, pointing to the relationships that have been built through engaging directly with the North Koreans and claimed it was a "fiery mess" during the previous administration.
Prior to sitting down for their extended talk, the president said he would be inviting Kim to visit him at the White House.
"If it was not for the excellent relationship between us, it would not have been possible," Kim said during the bilateral.
Trump then spoke and first complimented the strength of Kim's voice.
"You hear the power of that voice, nobody's heard the voice before, he doesn't do news conferences, in case you haven't noticed, and this was a special moment," Trump said.
"This is an historic moment, the fact that we're meeting," Trump continued.
The president then thanked Kim for not turning down his invitation to meet at the border, because "if he didn't show up, the press was going to make us both look bad."
President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019.more +
"You made us both look good and I appreciate it," Trump said.
"It was an honor that you asked me to step over that line, and I was proud to step over that line. I thought you might do that, I wasn't sure, but I was ready to do it, and I want to thank you, it was great, very historic," Trump said.
Trump arrived at the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) just before 2 a.m. Eastern time in a prelude to a historic meeting with Kim. Trump visited an observation tower, looking into the secluded North, where many U.S. presidents have stopped before.
But unlike previous presidents, Trump later met with Kim at Panmunjeom, the so-called Peace Village, on the border between the two countries and possibly cross over the line and become the first-ever president to visit North Korea.
Please limit one per person! 😊