President Donald Trump, left, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. SUSAN WALSH/AP
President Donald Trump, left, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. SUSAN WALSH/AP

Trump says US, N. Korea agreed to restart nuclear talks during historic DMZ meeting

by Kim Gamel and Yoo Kyong Chang
Stars and Stripes

Trump called it a “very legendary, very historic day” and said the two sides agreed to have designated teams resume negotiations in two to three weeks, which would be more than four months after their second meeting in Vietnam ended without agreement.

“We’re not looking for speed. We’re looking to get it right,” Trump told reporters after ending nearly an hourlong sit-down with Kim in the Demilitarized Zone.

However, experts noted that North Korea’s nuclear weapons program remains largely intact despite more than a year of grand gestures by the two unpredictable leaders, who have gone from trading personal insults and threats of war to professing friendship.

The encounter ended hours of suspense after Trump tweeted an invitation to Kim to hold a meet-and-greet at the DMZ. North Korea responded positively but did not make a firm commitment, and Trump played down expectations, saying any meeting likely would last no more than five minutes.

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