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Trump becomes first sitting US President to step into North Korea

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Trump becomes first sitting US President to step into North Korea

President Donald Trump has become the first sitting US President to step into North Korea.

He met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone (DMZ), and the two leaders held a private bilateral meeting before Kim returned to North Korea.

Earlier on Sunday, Trump held a bilateral meeting, working lunch, and joint news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the capital Seoul.

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During his journey back to America, US President Donald Trump has tweeted about his trip to the DMZ.

”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!”

Both countries agreed to set up teams to resume stalled nuclear talks, BBC reports.

Their last summit broke down in February with no progress on denuclearisation in North Korea.

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Critics have dismissed the occasion – the two leaders’ third face-to-face encounter in just over a year – as a political theatre and say North Korea still needs to show that it is serious in getting rid of its nuclear weapons.

Numerous US presidents have visited the armistice line that has divided the peninsula since hostilities in the Korea War ended in 1953, largely to show support for the South.

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But Mr. Trump changed the optics of the visit, eschewing the binoculars and a bomber jacket worn by President Barack Obama for a business suit.

Former US presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton have both been to North Korea –flying into the capital, Pyongyang, but only after they left office.

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