NORTH KOREA NOW published the commentary and below video:
U.S. President Donald Trump stepped briefly into North Korea, together with the country’s leader Kim Jong-un, Sunday before holding a bilateral meeting at the inter-Korean border area. Trump became the first sitting American president to have set foot in the communist nation. The two sides fought each other in the 1950-53 Korean War.
Blue Global posted the 6 minute video (below) and report:
(SEOUL, ST, 30 Jun 2019) – United States President Donald Trump crossed over the Military Demarcation Line to the North Korean side following a handshake with the North’s leader Kim Jong Un at the truce village of Panmunjom, becoming the first sitting American president to set foot in North Korea.
The short encounter took place within the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas on Sunday (June 30). Earlier, Mr Trump had toured an observation post at the DMZ overlooking North Korea, before making his way to the truce village at Panmunjom within the DMZ. Mr Trump had told reporters in Seoul, ahead of his trip to the DMZ, that he looked forward to the meeting with Mr Kim “We’ve developed a very good relationship,” Mr Trump said.
Mr Trump’s first visit to the DMZ came after a meeting and working lunch with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who accompanied him to the DMZ. Mr Moon had said earlier on Sunday that the handshake “would be a historic event in itself… not only for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, but also for a permanent peace in the region, it’ll be very meaningful”. In opening remarks to the media earlier on Sunday, Mr Trump said that Mr Kim is keen on the impromptu meeting which the US leader first raised in a Twitter message on Saturday morning. “Chairman Kim wants to do it, I’d like to do it,” he said.
The meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Kim on Sunday marked the third face-to-face meeting between the two leaders since they embarked on dialogue in June last year aimed at normalising ties and ending the North’s nuclear programme. Talks have stalled since February, when the two sides failed to narrow their differences over how to advance the denuclearisation process. Mr Moon, who has been mediating the US-North Korea talks, said Mr Trump’s Twitter invitation to Mr Kim gave hope to the world and “a flower of peace is blossoming”. However, he was careful to add that although he will accompany Mr Trump to the DMZ, the focus should be on US-North dialogue, and he wished they would make great progress.
Mr Moon said on Sunday that if Mr Kim were to “sincerely, completely” dismantle the Yongbyon nuclear facility, the international community would be able to discuss easing sanctions. “It’ll be the starting point for an irreversible denuclearisation,” said Mr Moon. The 250km-long, 4km-wide DMZ is a symbol of division after the halt of the 1950-53 Korean War, which saw the US aiding the South while China supported the North. Though heavily guarded, there is a truce village called Panmunjom on the border that allows tourist visits. It also played host to two summits between Mr Moon and Mr Kim. North Korea closed the area to tourists on Sunday, amid talk of a Trump-Kim meeting there, according to North Korean tour agency Koryo Tours.
The distance between Pyongyang and Panmunjom is 177km, and a journey by car would take about two hours. Mr Trump wanted to visit the DMZ during his previous trip to South Korea in November 2017, but the visit was cancelled due to bad weather.
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