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In photos: In a historic first, Donald Trump sets foot in North Korea as he meets Kim Jong Un

Updated : 2019-07-01 07:17:54

With wide grins and a historic handshake, President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un met at the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on Sunday and agreed to revive talks on the pariah nation's nuclear program. Trump, pressing his bid for a legacy-defining deal, became the first sitting American leader to step into North Korea. What was intended to be an impromptu exchange of pleasantries turned into a 50-minute meeting, another historic first in the yearlong rapprochement between the two technically warring nations. It marked a return to face-to-face contact between the leaders after talks broke down during a summit in Vietnam in February. Significant doubts remain, though, about the future of the negotiations and the North's willingness to give up its stockpile of nuclear weapons . The border encounter was a made-for-television moment. The men strode toward one another from opposite sides of the Joint Security Area and shook hands over the raised patch of concrete at the Military Demarcation Line as cameras clicked and photographers jostled to capture the scene. After asking if Kim wanted him to cross, Trump took 10 steps into the North with Kim at his side, then escorted Kim back to the South for talks at Freedom House, where they agreed to revive the stalled negotiations. The spectacle marked the latest milestone in two years of roller-coaster diplomacy between the two nations.

US President Donald Trump (left) meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (right) at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, on Sunday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
US President Donald Trump (left) meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (right) at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, on Sunday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump and Kim shake hands in Panmunjom. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump and Kim shake hands in Panmunjom. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump and Kim during their meeting in Panmunjom. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump and Kim during their meeting in Panmunjom. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump, Kim and Moon in Panmunjom. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump, Kim and Moon in Panmunjom. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump and Kim shake hands. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump and Kim shake hands. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump and Kim during their meeting in Panmunjom. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump and Kim during their meeting in Panmunjom. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump speaks as Kim looks on. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump speaks as Kim looks on. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
In a historic gesture, Trump and Kim walk on the North Korean side in the Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjom. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
In a historic gesture, Trump and Kim walk on the North Korean side in the Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjom. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
White House senior advisors Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner  accompanied Trump to Panmunjom. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
White House senior advisors Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner  accompanied Trump to Panmunjom. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump and Kim stand on the North Korean side of the border. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump and Kim stand on the North Korean side of the border. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump listens as South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks at Blue House, in Seoul before heading to the Demilitarized Zone. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)
Trump listens as South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks at Blue House, in Seoul before heading to the Demilitarized Zone. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)
Trump walks on the North Korean side of the border with Kim. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump walks on the North Korean side of the border with Kim. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump and Kim at the North Korean side of the border. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump and Kim at the North Korean side of the border. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Journalists get pushed back as Trump and Kim look on. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Journalists get pushed back as Trump and Kim look on. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump and Kim are all smiles during their historic meeting. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump and Kim are all smiles during their historic meeting. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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