North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Crosses Border for Historic Talks with South

Written by on April 28, 2018 in Government, Military, Politics with 0 Comments

Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in prepare to shake hands over the military demarcation line. Pool / Getty Images


SEOUL, South Korea — The leaders of North and South Korea signed a historic declaration on Friday pledging “no more war” and a common goal of the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula.

The countries, which technically remain in a state of war, heralded the deal as part of “a new era of peace.”

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in also vowed to “cease all hostile acts” and to “transform the Demilitarized Zone into a peace zone.”

The two leaders embraced, and Moon said he would visit Pyongyang in the fall.

While light on details, the summit laid the foundation for a meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump, amid concerns about North Korea’s nuclear program. Kim has repeatedly threatened to destroy both the U.S and South Korea.

Trump gave the deal a cautious welcome, tweeting that “time will tell” if it leads to an end to nuclear missile tests. “The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place,” he added.

Trump followed with a more emphatic: “KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!”

The president also gave credit to China — North Korea’s most important backer — for the dramatic thaw in relations with the South.

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Friday that if there is a peace treaty, the U.S. would discuss with its allies and North Korea whether U.S. troops need to remain stationed on the Korean peninsula. “I think for right now we just have to go along with the process,” said Mattis. “The diplomats are going to have to go to work now.”

Earlier, Kim and Moon briefly crossed into each other’s countries before a meeting that appeared to mark a turning point in one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints.

Kim stepped across a low concrete military demarcation line separating the rival nations and greeted Moon with smiles and handshakes. As cameras clicked, he took Moon by the hand and invited him to briefly step back into North Korea.


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