SEOUL — Donald Trump on Sunday became the first sitting U.S. president to enter North Korea when he stepped over the border to greet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas.
The two leaders agreed to restart the denuclearization talks, frozen since February after the collapse of the last summit in Vietnam, in few weeks.
Trump and Kim met for the third time at the peace village of Panmunjom, the site of the demarcation line drawn as the Korean War ended in 1953. They first met in Singapore in June last year.
“I never expected to meet you at this place,” Kim told Trump in English, moments after the U.S. president stepped over the border.
“I’ll invite him to the White House right now,” Trump said. It is unclear if this is considered an official invitation.
The pair then went over to the South side, where they briefly chatted and spoke to the media before greeting South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
“Stepping over that line was a great honor,” Trump said. “A lot of really positive things are happening,” stressing that he liked Kim from the first time they met.
“I’m sure our special relations will lead to good results,” Kim said. “I’m sure our good relations have a mysterious power that can overcome difficulties.”