Trump lands at Demilitarized Zone ahead of meeting with North Korea's Kim - UPDATED

Trump lands at Demilitarized Zone ahead of meeting with North Korea's Kim - UPDATED
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 U.S. President Donald Trump arrived at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas on Sunday ahead of his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, APA reports citing Straits Times.

Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited a guard post in the northernmost part of the South Korean side of the DMZ, looking into the North, where he will speak with U.S. and South Korean servicemen.

Trump and Kim are expected to meet at the Joint Security Area patrolled by soldiers from both Koreas near the inter-Korean border.

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This is the third time the two leaders have met. The first was in Singapore last June. They met again in February this year in Hanoi, but the meeting ended abruptly without progress. Associated Press is saying that the meeting between the two leaders is not as impromptu as it has been presented

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Trump is flanked by a large number of aides and military personnel and South Korean president Moon Jae-in. He is currently looking out over the DMZ from a bunker and being shown the landscape

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US President Donald Trump has confirmed his upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the Demilitalised Zone for the first time, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"We are going to the DMZ border, and I will be meeting with Chairman Kim. I look forward to it very much, I look forward to seeing him, we developed a very good relationship," Trump said at a joint press conference with Moon.

The president added that he expected a short meeting with Kim in order "just to shake hands and say hello." 

Trump is paying an official visit to South Korea from June 29-30. On Friday, the US president also invited Kim via Twitter to meet him at the DMZ on the Korean Peninsula in coming days.

“I’ve been told that Kim Jong-un would like to meet, and it looks like they're in the final stages of working out just a very quick meeting,” Trump said, quoted by Reuters. "I look forward to going to the DMZ, which I’ve wanted to see for a long time," he added.

Meanwhile, South Korean President Moon Jae-in confirmed on Sunday during his talks with US President Donald Trump that he will visit the demilitarised zone (DMZ) on the Korean Peninsula together with the latter and expressed hope that they will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un there.

"I will also accompany you on [your visit] to DMZ," Moon said, adding that if US and North Korean leaders just shook each other's hands, it would be a historic event.

Kim and Trump have been engaged in talks aimed at denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula for months. In June 2018, the two leaders expressed commitment for the denuclearization. The next round of talks, however, ended abruptly without any agreement.

Faiq Mahmudov

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