What was originally supposed to be a brief exchange of pleasantries between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un at the border turned into talks stretching about 50 minutes.
Trump had tweeted out his last-minute invitation to Kim, suggesting the North Korean leader meet him “at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!” during a long-awaited visit.
Trump later said that if Kim made the trip, the two would “see each other for two minutes.” But it turned into a 50-minute meeting.
What were the key points of this meeting?
Trump’s historic first steps into North Korea
At around 2:40 a.m. ET, the two leaders spotted one another from a short distance away, then they walked toward each other. After asking if Kim wanted him to cross, Trump took 10 steps into the North with Kim at his side, then he escorted Kim back to the South for talks at Freedom House, where they agreed to revive the stalled negotiations.
“I was proud to step over the line,” the president told Kim as they met on the South Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom. “It is a great day for the world.”
Kim hailed the moment, saying of President Trump, “I believe this is an expression of his willingness to eliminate all the unfortunate past and open a new future.”
Kim said he was surprised by the president’s last-minute invitation to meet at the Korean Demilitarized Zone on Sunday. But he said he hoped the meeting could “be the foundation for better things in the future.”
President Trump told reporters as he stood with North Korean leader Kim that it “feels great” to make the historical walk as he hailed his “great friendship” with Kim.
Speaking through a translator, Kim commended the president for crossing the border, which he called a “courageous and determined act” that “means that we want to bring an end to the unpleasant past.”
“I believe this is an expression of [President Trump’s] willingness to eliminate all the unfortunate past and open a new future.”
— Kim Jong Un, North Korean leader
The moment President Trump meets Chairman Kim at the DMZ and becomes the first sitting President to enter North Korea: pic.twitter.com/VwqGAEmmxz
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 30, 2019
Kim is invited to the White House
President Trump told reporters after bidding Kim farewell that he raised the idea of a Kim visit to Washington during their talks.
The president said he told Kim, “At the right time, you’re going to come over” and that that could be “any time he wants to do it.”
He added that he “would certainly extend the invite” and that, “at some point” it will happen.
Kim, speaking through a translator, said he would invite President Trump to Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, “at the right time.”
Nuclear talks resumed
President Trump said the United States and North Korea have designated teams to resume stalled nuclear talks between the nations within weeks.
President Trump said he hopes the sides can reach a comprehensive deal, but said, “Speed is not the object.”
He said, “We’re not looking for speed. We’re looking to get it right.”
Sanctions remain on North Korea
Despite their nearly hourlong chat, President Trump said that sanctions on North Korea are still in place.
But he appears to be leaving open the possibility of scaling them back as part of upcoming renewed negotiations, saying, “At some point during the negotiation, things can happen.”
Addressing the members of the U.S military at the American air base near Osan, Trump said he and Kim “had a very productive meeting.” And President Trump said he tried to sell Kim on the prosperity he believes awaits North Korea if it gives up its nuclear program.
Leaving South Korea after a wonderful meeting with Chairman Kim Jong Un. Stood on the soil of North Korea, an important statement for all, and a great honor!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2019
Includes reporting from The Associated Press