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Donald Trump crosses border, shakes hand with Kim Jong-un

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US President Donald Trump has met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarised Zone between the two Koreas.

Trump became the first US President in history to cross the border, in what he said was a “great day for the world”.

“It’s a great, great honour,” Trump told reporters after the brief handshake.

A media frenzy broke out at the site as North Korea and US security attempted to push back reporters.

Trump arrived in Seoul late on Saturday for talks with Moon after attending a Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, during which he made a surprise, spur-of-the-moment offer to meet Kim.

“When a third summit between the United States and North Korea happens will depend what change today’s meeting will make,” Moon told a joint news conference with Trump.

Historic handshake

Moon said earlier a handshake between Trump and Kim at the DMZ would be a historic event, and would give hope for progress in their dialogue.

“It would set a significant milestone in the process of achieving complete denuclearisation and lasting peace on the Korean peninsula,” Moon told Trump.

Kim and Moon held their historic first summit in the zone last year, which preceded the first US-North Korean summit in Singapore in June last year.

Moon has championed efforts to end hostilities between North Korea and the United States, vowing to play a mediator role in nudging North Korea into giving up its nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief and security guarantees.

Trump said earlier both he and Kim were eager to meet.

“It’s going to be very short, virtually a handshake. But that’s OK. A handshake means a lot,” Trump said after a meeting with South Korean business leaders including the heads of Samsung, Hyundai Motor, Lotte, SK and Poongsan groups.

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