"Can I move on?" (U.S. President Donald Trump)
"If you come one step...," said Kim Jong-un, chairman of the North's State Affairs Commission.
U.S. President Donald Trump has become the first incumbent U.S. president to step on North Korean soil in history. It did not exceed the MDL at the truce village of Panmunjom, but it also crossed the 10-meter-long, Trump's long-walking stride and returned to the South.
After the Korea-U.S. summit on Thursday morning, President Trump moved to the DMZ and arrived at the South Korean Freedom House at Panmunjom at 3:44 p.m. and walked down the stairs to the Military Demarcation Line. North Korean State Councilor Kim Jong Un walked out of the truce village of Panmunjom in the North as Trump appeared.
Behind Kim was Hyon Song-wol, a vice director of the Workers' Party. President Trump, who started ahead of Kim, arrived at the demarcation line, and Kim arrived at the demarcation line about 10 seconds later than Trump. President Trump greeted Kim when he arrived first, and the two exchanged greetings.
Trump, who shook hands with Kim, asked if he could cross this line, and, fearful of finishing his words, Kim asked him to become the first U.S. president to step on this side of the land if he takes just one step. In response, President Trump revealed his satisfaction by opening his arms wide.
President Trump, who crossed the demarcation line by stepping on the border, was seen patting Kim on the shoulder. It is interpreted as a kind of friendly gesture. Soon, the two headed to the North side by side. After walking about 10 meters and stopping in front of the truce village of Panmunjom, the two leaders faced each other and shook hands once again. Only North Korean reporters were allowed to report in close proximity to the space U.S. security guards guarded the president behind the Panmunjeom building.
The two leaders, who crossed the demarcation line, walked another 10 meters and arrived in front of the South's Freedom House at around 3:51 p.m. At this time, the three leaders held a historic "third meeting" as President Moon came down from the door of the Freedom House. Since then, only Trump and Kim have headed to the meeting room on the second floor of the Freedom House. President Moon waited for the two leaders in a separate waiting room.
Sitting in the conference room, where the Stars and Stripes took turns, Kim stressed that the meeting was not planned in advance, saying, "Some say it was agreed upon before, but I was also surprised." President Trump also said about the outcome of the talks, saying, "I sent a message through SNS and it would have been embarrassing if no answer came."
Since then, the two leaders began their talks at 3:54 p.m. and held talks for about an hour until 4:51 p.m. Moon and Trump then walked out of the Freedom House with Kim to see Kim off and wrap up the talks.
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