Trump’s historic handshake with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un

The face-to-face meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un came after Mr Trump tweeted that he would like to meet North Korean leader

The face-to-face meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un came after Mr Trump tweeted that he would like to meet North Korean leader

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un  have shared a historic handshake at the border between North and South Korea.

Mr Trump then became the first American President to step into North Korea when invited by Mr Jong-un to step over the border. 

The countries remain technically at war.

Mr Trump then walked with him back into South Korea – where he told reporters he had invited the North Korean leader to the White House.

Mr Trump declared  “history has been made”.

He addded: “When I became president of the US, there was great great conflict, now there is less conflict.

“It’s my great honour and the Chairman’s honour.”

Donald Trump meets North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un

Mr Trump met the reclusive dictator at the Korean Demilitarised Zone which separates the two states.

After the handshake they held meetings.

Speaking to reporters Mr Jong-un said: “I believe that meeting here, which is a symbol of division and a hostile past, I think meeting here, two countries that have a hostile past, we are showcasing to the world that we have a new present and we have a positive meeting going forward.”

The face-to-face meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un came after Mr Trump tweeted that he would like to meet North Korean leader to “say hello” and “have a handshake”

South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced earlier on Sunday that Mr Kim had accepted Mr Trump’s tweeted invitation to meet at the heavily fortified site at the Korean border village of Panmunjom.

Mr Trump invited the North Korean leader to the White House

Mr Trump told reporters at a news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he and Mr Kim will “just shake hands quickly and say hello” at the historic meeting at the Korean border village.

The two men have already met in summits in Singapore and Vietnam.

The pair shook hands in both North and South Korea

Every president since Ronald Reagan has visited the 1953 armistice line, except for George H.W. Bush, who visited as vice president.

Mr Moon praised the two leaders for “being so brave” to hold the meeting and said: “I hope President Trump will go down in history as the president who achieves peace on Korean Peninsula.”

Speaking before the handshake Mr Trump said he looked forward to meeting with Mr Kim, but sought to tamp down expectations, predicting it would be “very short”.

Donald Trump visited the DMZ this morning

“Virtually a handshake, but that’s OK. A handshake means a lot,” he said.

His comments followed hours after Mr Trump asked for Mr Kim to meet him there.

“If Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!” he tweeted.

Source: Mirror

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