Trump's last-minute tweet to fulfill on the Korean border 'shocked' North Korea's Kim Jong Un

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  • North Korean chief Kim Jong Un mentioned he was “shocked” by President Donald Trump’s abrupt Twitter invitation to fulfill him on the North-South Korean border on Sunday afternoon.
  • Previous to leaving the G-20 summit in Japan for South Korea, Trump tweeted he could be prepared to fulfill with Kim on the Demilitarized Zone: “If Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I might meet him on the Border/DMZ simply to shake his hand and say howdy.”
  • Kim advised Trump that some folks speculated if the assembly was pre-arranged by official letters despatched between the 2 leaders.
  • “To be sincere, I used to be shocked after I noticed the president categorical his intention,” Kim mentioned, including that he didn’t know till late afternoon that he could be “formally” assembly Trump.
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North Korean chief Kim Jong Un mentioned he was “shocked” by President Donald Trump’s abrupt Twitter invitation to fulfill him on the North-South Korean border on Sunday afternoon.

Surrounded by reporters inside a South Korean-controlled constructing on the border, Kim advised Trump that some folks speculated if the assembly was pre-arranged by official letters despatched between the 2 leaders. Trump and Kim have exchanged quite a few official letters throughout their tenure, a few of which haven’t been publicly revealed.

“To be sincere, I used to be shocked after I noticed the president categorical his intention,” Kim mentioned, including that he didn’t know till late afternoon that he could be “formally” assembly Trump.

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Previous to leaving the G-20 summit in Japan, Trump tweeted he could be prepared to fulfill with Kim on the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.

“After some crucial conferences … I will probably be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon),” Trump mentioned within the tweet. “Whereas there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I might meet him on the Border/DMZ simply to shake his hand and say Hi there(?)!”

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“I simply put out a feeler as a result of I do not know the place he’s proper now,” Trump advised reporters on the Imperial Lodge Osaka in Japan. “He might not be in North Korea.”

North Korea’s First Vice International Minister Choe Son-hui responded to Trump’s tweet and described it as “very attention-grabbing,” including that the nation has “not obtained an official proposal on this regard,” based on a Yonhap Information report citing North Korea’s state-run Korean Central Information Company.

Trump met Kim on the army demarcation line separating the border at round three:45 p.m. native time and shook the chief’s hand — an identical scene to that of the primary summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April 2018.

After the 2 leaders exchanged pleasantries, Kim invited Trump to step over the road and into the North Korean aspect of the border. Trump briefly stepped over the road and took a number of steps into North Korea, pausing to take a number of photographs with Kim.

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Trump grew to become the primary sitting-US president to step into North Korea. Photographers and videographers, together with ones from North Korea, scrambled over one another to take footage of the historic second, prompting safety personnel to shout verbal warnings.

Trump and Kim later held a roughly 45-minute bilateral assembly on the Freedom Home on the southern aspect of the DMZ. Following the assembly, Trump walked Kim again to the army demarcation line.

Trump advised reporters he invited Kim to go to the White Home in Washington DC: “Sooner or later, it will all occur.”

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