Date
22 October 2019
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as they meet at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas on June 30. Photo: KCNA via Reuters
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as they meet at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas on June 30. Photo: KCNA via Reuters

Trump-Kim surprise meeting created unprecedented trust: N Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump agreed at their meeting on Sunday to push forward dialogue for making a new breakthrough in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, North Korean state media said on Monday, Reuters reports.

“The top leaders of the two countries agreed to keep in close touch in the future, too, and resume and push forward productive dialogues for making a new breakthrough in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and in the bilateral relations,” KCNA news agency was quoted as saying.

During the chat between Trump and Kim, the two leaders explained “issues of easing tensions on the Korean peninsula,” “issues of mutual concern and interest which become a stumbling block in solving those issues,” and “voiced full understanding and sympathy”, according to KCNA. 

Kim said it was the good personal relationship he had with Trump that made such a dramatic meeting possible at just one day’s notice and that the relationship with Trump would continue to produce good results, according to the report.

The two leaders’ “bold, brave decision” that led to the historic meeting “created unprecedented trust between the two countries” that had been tangled in deeply rooted animosity, KCNA said.

Trump became the first sitting US president to set foot in North Korea when he met Kim in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas on Sunday and agreed to resume stalled nuclear talks.

The meeting, initiated by a tweet by Trump that Kim said took him by surprise, displayed the rapport between the two, but analysts said they were no closer to narrowing the gap between their positions since they walked away from their summit in February in Vietnam.

Trump said on Twitter on Monday that he had a “great meeting” with Kim and he looks “forward to seeing him again soon.”

Trump said US and North Korean negotiators would be meeting “to work on some solutions to very long-term and persistent problems.”

“No rush, but I am sure we will ultimately get there!” he said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters shortly before departing South Korea that a new round of talks would likely happen “sometime in July … probably in the next two or three weeks”.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the meeting between Trump and Kim and “fully supports the continued efforts of the parties to establish new relations towards sustainable peace, security and complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” a spokesman said.

China also welcomed the meeting, with a foreign ministry spokesman describing it as “constructive and achieving positive results”.

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