History made as Donald Trump steps into North Korea

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un walks with President Donald Trump north of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, in the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) today. (AFP pic)

PANMUNJOM: United States president Donald Trump on Sunday stepped into North Korean territory, the first time a sitting US president has ever set foot in the former enemy country.

In a historic moment, Trump walked across the concrete blocks dividing North and South Korean territory in the Demilitarised Zone that divides the peninsula, where the two sides fought each other to a standstill in the 1950-53 Korean War.

Trump and Kim Jong Un shake hands over the border dividing the two Koreas.

The US president upon his arrival said, ‘It’s a great day for the world’.

Trump told Kim he was “proud” to walk across the border dividing North Korean territory from the South as the two leaders met.

“I was proud to step over that line,” he said as they sat down for discussions after shaking hands in the Demilitarised Zone.

Meanwhile Kim said, that his “wonderful” relationship with Trump would enable the two longtime enemies to get over obstructions.

“I am convinced our relationship will enable us to overcome barriers standing in the way,” said Kim, adding as the two leaders held talks in the Demilitarised Zone that their close ties enabled a meeting to happen “just overnight”.

Trump on the other hand voiced a willingness to welcome Kim to Washington.

“I would invite him right now, to the White House,” Trump said as the pair met for the third time after summits in Singapore last year and a second meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam in February that collapsed without an agreement.

Trump also said he and Kim agreed to resume stalled nuclear talks.

“The meeting was a very good one, very strong .. We’ll see what can happen,” Trump said after his talks with Kim.

He said both sides would set up teams to push forward stalled talks aimed at getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, adding he was in no rush for a deal.