Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump shake hands in historic DMZ first

DMZ bromance

DMZ bromance

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (centre L) meets with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (C) as US President Donald Trump (centre R) looks on south of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea, in the Joint Security Area (JSA) of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) on June 30, 2019.

In a post on Twitter as he started the second of two days of meetings in Osaka, Trump said that during his next stop, in South Korea, he would be happy to greet Kim across the line that has divided Korea for almost 75 years. "President Trump and myself, we have an excellent relationship". He told them stepping into North Korea had been "a historic moment and a very good moment". "A lot of great things are happening".

The two leaders demonstrated a high degree of personal chemistry.

Stepping across the border, Trump became the first sitting American President to visit North Korea's isolated state.

Trump later said that if Kim made the trip, the two would "see each other for two minutes", adding: "That's all we can". But the two countries remain miles apart over the complex nuclear issues, economic sanctions, and how to execute any resolution.

Trump sought to tamp down expectations by saying the meeting would be "very short".

Obama never met with the dictator while in office, but Trump and Kim have met a handful of times since his inauguration in 2017.

It would be "a quick hello", he told reporters at one point, soon after landing in South Korea.

Continuing on about fake news reports, Trump said, "At home, they think that I'm a tough 'war monger.' They thought that when I got elected, within the first year, we'd be in World War III".

"President Obama wanted to meet and chairman Kim would not meet him".

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"It might be an important step or it might not", he said.

Negotiators from the two sides will "start a process and we'll see what happens", Trump added.

"There's also a possibility that South Korean President Moon Jae-in will join the DMZ encounter".

Kim and Trump then crossed the border back into South Korea. They two frame their meetings as talks toward denuclearization and peace in the region.

"It's been extremely peaceful". "There was no sign that the two sides were prepared to address the underlying substantive problems, like differences over sanctions relief, that have made diplomacy so hard", says Mintaro Oba, a former State Department official and Korea specialist.

"There was great conflict here prior to our [first] meeting in Singapore", in 2018, he said.

Trump claimed the situation used to be marked by "tremendous danger" but "after our first summit, all of the danger went away". It's all working out. "I guess there's always a chance that it might not, but it sounds like the teams would like to have that work out, so that's good".

The troops include both USA solders as well as South Korean troops. Trump arrived in South Korea on Saturday. Pyongyang quickly responded to Trump's request.

He described his relationship with North Korea's leader as a "great friendship".

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