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President Trump said after his historic meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un on Sunday that the two leaders had agreed to start a discussion about the Communist nation’s nuclear program.
Speaking with reporters after the visit to the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, Trump said the United States and North Korea both have named teams for the resumption of the stalled talks within weeks.
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The President, after around 50 minutes behind closed doors, Kim said: “speed is the object,” in which the deal is trying to achieve, but he believes both sides want to get the job done.
“We are on the search, it said” Trump.
President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un, pictured here, met in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea on Sunday.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
The meeting between Trump and Kim was the first face-to-face meeting between the two since their failed summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, in February. Before that, they met in Singapore last June.
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Talks between the United States and North Korea had largely broken down, because the Hanoi-ended summit without an agreement. North Korea has been reluctant, at Trump’s insistence that its nuclear ambitions before it sees the liberation of the crushing international sanctions.
The United States has said the North must submit to “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization” before the sanctions are lifted.
In spite of their almost hour-long chat, Trump said that sanctions against North Korea are still present, although seemingly left open the possibility of scaling them back as part of the renewed negotiations.
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“At some point during the trial, things happen can,” the President told reporters, adding that he suggested that Kim could visit Washington, DC during their discussions.
Trump says he told Kim, “at the right time, you are going to have to come over there,” and that it could be “at any time he wishes to do it.” He added that he “would certainly expand the store,” and “sometime” it will happen.
Hours earlier, Trump became the first sitting US President to walk to and within North Korea. He described it as “a great day for the world.”
In the interior of the “Freedom House” on the South Korean side of the zone, Trump and Kim were together with the President’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
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It’s Trump’s first visit to the DMZ, which by every President since Ronald Reagan, except for President George H. W. Bush — is the exhibition during its time in office, according to the Associated Press. But the elder Bush, who died last year, visited the DMZ during his time as Vice President under Reagan.
Later Sunday, the President troops in Osan Air Force Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea to the US.
Fox News’ Dom Calicchio and the Associated Press contributed to this report.