Donald Trump`s press secretary involved in scuffle with North Korean security

'This is a great friendship': Trump invites Kim Jong Un to the White House after crossing North Korean border to shake hands

The latest comments came after Trump became the first sitting USA president to visit North Korea when he stepped across the border at the demilitarized zone.

Kim even had a new interpreter, a man with glasses who is said to be a Foreign Ministry staffer.

The DMZ meeting on Sunday was an unexpected addition to Trump's Asia trip. Trump accepted his offer and walked over the demarcation line, becoming the only sitting USA president to set foot inside North Korea. The two leaders then sat down for a closed-door meeting that lasted nearly an hour.

Tokyo is closely monitoring whether the two countries will move forward negotiations on the denuclearization of North Korea and improve their ties, which could help the US government set up a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Kim, as hoped for by the Japanese leader. Critics called it a publicity stunt and said Trump wasted an important symbolic move when there has been little sign that North Korea has taken meaningful steps toward denuclearization.

Though the US president celebrated his chat with Kim as "historic" and an "important statement", foreign policy experts cautioned the meeting may have been nothing more than a glorified "photo op" ― unless it leads to an actual agreement.

North Korea has said in previous negotiations that sanctions relief is a necessary precondition to any sort of deal.

North Korea's state media is describing leader Kim Jong Un's meeting with President Donald Trump at the Demilitarized Zone as "an unbelievable event" in the border village it notes is a symbol of the Korean Peninsula's division.

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"Unless the working-level negotiators have a mandate to try new, more constructive approaches to these problems, it's hard to see what they can achieve", he added.

In the following meeting at the demilitarized zone, Kim and Trump explained issues of easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula and ending inglorious bilateral relations, according to KCNA.

The president openly claimed he has made more progress with the North Korean government than Obama did in eight years.

At an earlier military briefing with Moon at a DMZ lookout point, Trump said the demilitarized zone used to be "very, very risky. but after our first summit, all the danger went away".

A senior United States official involved in North Korean policy told the Times "there was no way to know if North Korea would agree to this", and noted that in the past, North Korean negotiators "insisted" that only Kim "could define what dismantling Yongbyon meant", according to the report.

Trump and Kim held talks in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas and agreed to start denuclearization talks within weeks following the breakdown of their February summit.

"We have taken one big step forward", Moon said.

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