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Trump meets Kim Jong Un, becomes first sitting U.S. president to step into North Korea

Trump meets Kim Jong Un, becomes first sitting U.S. president to step into North Korea

by Josh Lederman and Hans Nichols  |  Published on July 1, 2019

SEOUL, South Korea — Taking an unprecedented step onto North Korean soil, President Donald Trump announced Sunday that Washington and Pyongyang will relaunch stalled nuclear talks. The statement came during an extraordinary last-minute meeting with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader.

Side-by-side with Kim in the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone, Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to cross the 1953 armistice line separating North and South Korea, then joined Kim for a roughly 50-minute meeting.

It was their third since Trump took office, but none have yet yielded a nuclear deal.

“Stepping across that line was a great honor,” Trump said, later adding that it was “something incredible.”

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