United States President, Donald Trump, is set to meet North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) with South Korean President, Moon Jae In. The DMZ separates the two Koreas. Mr Kim accepted the invitation by Mr Trump on 30 June. The US President will be meeting Mr Kim after lunch with Mr Moon. The South Korean President will then accompany Mr Trump to the DMZ.

Image Source: Saul Loeb, Getty Images

About the meeting

The encounter will be little more than a brief greeting, not an extended negotiation, but it promises a camera-friendly, history-making demonstration of friendship between countries that have been longtime adversaries.

“We are going to the DMZ border, and we will be meeting Chairman Kim,” Trump stated at a press conference with Moon in Seoul, South Korea. He added on that they have a sense of understanding between them. “He understands me, and I think I understand him,” he said.

The US President also stated that he would cross over to North Korea if needed, making him the first American President to visit the country with whom the United States is still technically at war from the controversies since the 1950s. 

Former Meetings

Mr. Kim crossed the DMZ in April 2018 to meet with Mr. Moon, becoming the first North Korean leader to step over the line since fighting between the countries ended in 1953. Former US Presidents also visited North Korea before, but only after they stepped down from their positions. 

north/south korea presidents
Image Source: AFP

Mr Trump and Mr Kim met in Singapore in June 2018. They were the first American and North Korean leaders to meet, since the war. They also promised to find a way to end Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons. The leaders’ second meet in Hanoi, Vietnam, was a failure after they were not able to agree on a way to solve and achieve the goal.

This meeting would be a brief but meaningful one. “It’s just a step,” Mr. Trump said. “It might be an important step or it might not.” He added: “There’s a good feeling, so it could be very good. As far as another meeting, let’s see what happens today before we start thinking about that.”


Sources: The Straits Times, The New York Times

Cover Image Source: Saul Loeb, Getty Images