Historic Moment at the Korean Demilitarized Zone

Oscar Cross
July 2, 2019

US President Donald Trump steps into the DPRK with its top leader, Kim Jong-un, in Panmunjom village in the Demilitarized Zone on Sunday.

John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, denied the report and said that he and his staff had never heard of the idea of settling for a nuclear freeze. Time will tell if North Korea will comply in defusing the risk of a nuclear confrontation, but any progress in that direction will be a good thing for the entire planet.

"I think meeting here, two countries that have a hostile past, we are showcasing to the world that we have a new present and we have a positive meeting going forward", the dictator added. "North Korea, and the companies that help it evade USA and United Nations sanctions, should know that we will use all tools at our disposal - including a civil forfeiture action such as this one or criminal charges - to enforce the sanctions enacted by the USA and the global community". It could also help the two nations "take the first step for the implementation of the Singapore joint declaration", the article suggested, referring to the document signed by the two leaders at their first meeting in June previous year.

In the four months since the Hanoi summit ended in failure, very little has happened between the USA and North Korea, and there has been a lot of pessimism about the future of the nuclear talks coming from both sides.

After posing for photos, Trump and Kim held a bilateral meeting at the Freedom House in border town of Panmunjom, South Korea.

Even if the revived working level talks lead to Yongbyon's closure, the process is likely to take years, well after Trump's term ends. However, he also said there is no rush to reach a deal with Pyongyang.

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during his visit to U.S. troops based in Osan Air Base, South Korea, June 30, 2019.

But the weekend meeting between Trump and Kim could be a "new driving force" for negotiations, Choson Sinbo said.

"This means that we can feel at ease", Kim said. "The. Korean people have been given hope thanks to today".

Wallace at one point recalled a time when she once explained some of the issues in North Korea to Sarah Palin, remarking, "To her credit, you know, she was someone who understood the lack of morality and brutality of someone like Kim".

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