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Trump arrives at DMZ ahead of meet and greet with Kim

Saul LOEB / AFP | In this file photo taken on February 27, 2019 US President Donald Trump (R) walks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un during a break in talks at the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi.

President Donald Trump arrived Sunday at the Korean Demilitarized Zone for a historic meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

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Peering into North Korea from Observation Post Ouellette before the meeting with Kim, Trump was briefed on the North's extensive artillery across the border that threatens the 35 million residents of Seoul, just over two dozen miles away. "All accessible by what they have in the mountains," Trump said.

Trump claimed to reporters that, after his first meeting with Kim, "all of the danger went away." He was accompanied on the visit by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The president departed Seoul aboard the Marine One presidential helicopter shortly after Moon announced Sunday, alongside Trump. that Kim had accepted Trump's invitation to meet at the heavily fortified site at the Korean border village of Panmunjom.

Trump told reporters before departing that he looked forward to seeing Kim and to "shake hands quickly and say hello." Trump was also expected to greet U.S. and South Korean troops.

The meeting between Trump and Kim would mark yet another historic first in the yearlong rapprochement between the U.S. and North Korea, which technically are still at war. It also would mark the return of face-to-face contact between the leaders since negotiations to end the North's nuclear program broke down during a summit in Vietnam in February.

Moon praised the two leaders for "being so brave" to hold the meeting and said, "I hope President Trump will go down in history as the president who achieves peace on Korean Peninsula."

(AP)
 

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