SEOUL (ABC) — Donald Trump became the first U.S. president to step into North Korea Sunday, reaching across the demarcation line to shake hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and then, at Kim’s invitation, stepping across the border and into North Korea — in a historic moment Trump called “a great honor.”
Kim, through a translator, called Trump’s decision to meet with him a “courageous and determined act.”
“I just want to thank you, it was very quick notice and I just want to thank you,” Trump said.
“Good to see you again, I never expected to see you in this place,” Kim said as they initially shook hands.
Both leaders spoke, standing side by side, before heading into a bilateral meeting in a nearby building.
“Tremendous positivity, really great things are happening” Trump said. “We met and we liked each other from day one and that was very important.”
After Trump and Kim met for more than 40 minutes, they emerged together from the Freedom House — along with Moon — and walked side-by-side back to the demarcation line, where Trump and Moon bid Kim farewell.
Back inside Freedom House, Trump declared it a “great” and “legendary” day and said they agreed to formulate teams to restart active negotiations for a comprehensive agreement. Trump said Steve Biegun, U.S. special representative for North Korea, would lead the U.S. side.
“We just had a very, very good meeting with Chairman Kim and we’ve agreed that we’re going to designate a team, and the team will try and work out some deals, and again speed is not the object, we want to see if we can do a really comprehensive good deal.”
“Nobody knows how things go, but certainly this was a great day. This was a very legendary, very historic day,” Trump said.