The Latest on President Donald Trump’s visit to Asia. (all times local):
President Donald Trump is calling it a “great honor” to have become the first American president to cross the Korean Demilitarized Zone into North Korea.
Trump tells reporters as he stands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that it “feels great” to make the historical walk as he hails his “great friendship” with Kim.
Speaking through a translator, Kim commended Trump for crossing the demarcation line, which he called a “courageous and determined act” that “means that we want to bring an end to the unpleasant past.”
Trump also said he would invite Kim to visit the White House moments after Kim crossed the demarcation line himself and entered into South Korea.
President Trump became the first U.S. president to step into North Korea as he strode by himself across the Demilitarized Zone and shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. https://t.co/IwiGbk2gav pic.twitter.com/UeAZ3b8IJC
— ABC News (@ABC) June 30, 2019
President Donald Trump is meeting with several dozen troops stationed at the Korean Demilitarized Zone separating South and North Korea and telling them, “We’re with you all the way.”
The troops include both U.S. solders as well as South Korean troops.
Trump was joined by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who is praising Trump for deciding to meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. He’s calling it “a bold decision.”
Trump is telling reporters as he stands atop Observation Post Ouellette that there has been “tremendous” improvement since his first meeting with the North’s leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last year.
Trump said the situation used to be marked by “tremendous danger,” but that, “After our first summit, all of the danger went away.”
And he’s chastising reporters, saying “they have no appreciation” for the changes in the North, which he’s calling a “very different place.”
President Donald Trump is getting his first glimpse of North Korea from an observation post in the Korean Demilitarized Zone.
Trump, is being shown various landmarks as he stands atop Observation Post Ouellette.
It’s his first stop on his first visit to the border between the North and the South, which will include another face-to-face meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. His last attempted visit was thwarted by bad weather.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced earlier Sunday, June 30 that Kim had accepted Trump’s tweeted invitation to meet at the heavily fortified site at the Korean border village of Panmunjom.
President Donald Trump is making his first visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone ahead of a meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
Trump arrived by helicopter Sunday near the Panmunjom truce village. He was also expected to visit an observation post and greet U.S. and South Korean troops.
Trump told reporters at a news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he and Kim will “just shake hands quickly and say hello” at the historic meeting at the Korean border village.
Trump on Saturday invited Kim to meet him at the border for a symbolic handshake. He expressed openness to briefly crossing into North Korean territory if Kim accepted.
Every president since Ronald Reagan has visited the 1953 armistice line, except for George H.W. Bush, who visited as vice president.