US President Donald Trump has agreed to resume nuclear talks with Pyongyang in the coming weeks following an historic meeting with Kim Jong-un at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea.
Trump has become the first sitting US president to cross the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Korea’s, meeting with Kim and promising that big things are in store for the Korean Peninsula.
He is the first-ever sitting US head of state to set foot on North Korean soil. Two former presidents, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, have visited the country – but only after they had left office.
Kim and Trump have been in negotiations regarding North Korea’s nuclear program for months. In June 2018, the two leaders held a landmark summit in Singapore, at which both expressed a commitment to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
Yet, their next gathering in Vietnam in February 2019 was cut short after Pyongyang requested relief from sanctions imposed on North Korea for humanitarian reasons, and Trump refused.
On Sunday, during a hastily arranged summit between the two, the ice seems to have finally broken. Trump and Kim agreed that each will designate a negotiating “team” in order to work together on the details of a future agreement.
The two countries have repeatedly failed to reach an agreement as Washington has demanded Pyongyang’s full “denuclearization,” while North Korea has called for full relief from sanctions.
Pyongyang for its part has called Bolton a “war fanatic” working to destroy peace rather than maintain it. North Korea also signaled that it would like to see Mike Pompeo replaced by someone more careful and “mature” in talks.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2019.