Donald Trump becomes first US President to step into North Korea

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Donald Trump has said it feels great to make history by becoming the first sitting US President to step foot inside North Korea.

Kim Jong Un agreed to meet Trump with just two days notice, after he issued and invitation for the summit over Twitter.

As they greeted each other over the border, both leaders said: It is good to see you again.

Kim Jong Un added: I never thought I would meet you in this place.



The pair then shared a historic handshake, before Kim issued the invitation for Trump to make the symbolic step over the border line.

Donald Trump has made history by becoming the first ever sitting US President to step foot inside North Korea to meet Kim Jong Un

Donald Trump crosses the border into North Korea, a historic first for any US President (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Both leaders then stepped into a building known as the Freedom House on the South side of the DMZ with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to continue their discussions.

Although it was thought the pair were just meeting for a handshake at the border, they spent 50 minutes in a private meeting.

As they exited Freedom House both leaders confirmed that talks between their two nations were back on, with Trump describing their closed door meeting as a very good one; very strong very solid.

It is the third time the two leaders have met, and the first since a failed summit on the Norths nuclear programme in Vietnam earlier this year.

Shortly after their abandoned talks, it was reported that Kim had executed his top negotiatior Kim Hyok-chol and imprisoned a number of others.

What is the outcome of Trump and Kim's meeting?

Negotiators will meet on behalf of the new leaders in the next two or three weeks.

Trump confirmed he has invited Kim to visit the White House, but there are so far no formal agreements.

The US President said that although sanctions remain in place on North Korea, he would like them to be removed.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as they meet at the demilitarised zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, in this still image from video taken June 30, 2019. U.S. Network Pool/via REUTERS TV UNITED STATES OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN UNITED STATES. BROADCAST: NO USE USA. US DIGITAL CUSTOMERS: NO USE USA. NON US DIGITAL CUSTOMERS: NO USE IN BROADCASTS. NO USE BY AUSTRALIA BROADCASTERS.

The two leaders shake hands as they speak (Picture: Reuters)

When asked about this, Trump told reporters: I can tell you the main person is still alive, and I would hope the rest still are too.



For many, it was never thought the two would meet at the border, which has been the site of rising tensions between the North and the US-backed South since it was created in 1953.

The two have so far had a tumultous two-year relationship, with threats by both nations to destroy the other have been ushered out by on-again, off-again talks, professions of love and flowery letters.

They have also traded insults, with Trump famously calling Kim little rocket man and threatening to meet any show of force with fire and fury.

Trump called their meeting tremendous progress and added: We met and we liked each other from day one and that was very important.

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Mr Trump briefly crossed the border at the demilitarised zone (DMZ) into North Korea after greeting Mr Kim (Picture: AP)

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un talks with US President Donald Trump as they stand north of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, in the Joint Security Area (JSA) of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) on June 30, 2019. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

As they greeted each other over the border, both leaders said: It is good to see you again (Picture: AFP/Getty)

What is the DMZ?

The DMZ, which runs across the Korean Peninsula, is 154 miles (248km) long and 2.5 miles (4km) wide.

It was created as a buffer at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, and is jointly overseen by the American-led UN Command and North Korea.

Hundreds of thousands of North and South Korean troops are now deployed along the DMZ, which is littered with an estimated two million mines, tank traps, razor wire fences and guard posts.

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