‘Brilliant statesman’ Trump displays courage in visit to North Korea

US President Donald Trump speaks during a bilateral meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House in Seoul

US President Donald Trump speaks during a bilateral meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House in Seoul Credit AP

In a historic first for a sitting USA president, Donald Trump crossed through the Demilitarized Zone and set foot in North Korea Sunday, walking side by side with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after Kim greeted him at the demarcation line. 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.

"President Trump mentioned a comprehensive agreement and announced working-level negotiations would begin within two to three weeks".

But to make a deal successful, North Korea would be required to include shuttering several facilities, including the Kangson site, where USA and South Korean intelligence agencies think uranium fuel is still being produced.

The announcement sent many global media outlets scrambling as the incident came a day after President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met at another area of the DMZ. Afterward, Trump said each leader will provide a team of negotiators for talks aimed at persuading Kim to dismantle a nuclear weapons program that has kept the Korean Peninsula on edge for years.

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Her 2020 rival and U.S. Senate colleague Bernie Sanders did not fault Trump for meeting with Kim. While the sanctions against North Korea are still in place, he left open the possibility of scaling them back.

Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations who served under president George W. Bush, said Bolton's absence and subsequent comments indicated a "significant split" in the Trump administration on a final deal with North Korea.

An unidentified object was detected by South Korea's military radar in the sky over the inter-Korean border, a day after USA and North Korean leaders had their historic rendezvous in the middle of the world's last Cold War frontier.

But Trump has his own opinion about this: "Had President Obama, or somebody like President Obama ... had it worked that way, I honestly believe you would have been at war with North Korea".

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Trump has weakened the State Department at a time when Washington needs to move forward diplomatically toward peace, Sanders said.

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

But US officials say that there are steps that the United States can take short of sanctions relief as diplomacy proceeds.

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