President Trump made history during his overseas trip to the Korean peninsula over the weekend; becoming the first sitting US President to step into North Korean territory at the de-militarized zone.
“Taking an unprecedented step onto North Korean soil, President Donald Trump announced Sunday that Washington and Pyongyang will relaunch stalled nuclear talks. The statement came during an extraordinary last-minute meeting with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader,” reports NBC News.
“Side-by-side with Kim in the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone, Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to cross the 1953 armistice line separating North and South Korea, then joined Kim for a roughly 50-minute meeting,” adds the article.
“Stepping across that line was a great honor,” said Trump shortly after crossing the border.
“This means that we can feel at ease,” Kim said. “I believe that this will have a positive force on all of our discussions in the future.”
The meeting comes after nuclear negotiations between the two nation’s have largely stalled in recent months.
A North Korean-owned ship was reportedly “seized” by the United States after violating UN sanctions and transporting fuel to Kim Jong Un’s communist regime earlier this year; escalating the already tense relationship between Pyongyang and Washington.
“A North Korean cargo vessel used to transport coal was seized in violation of international sanctions against the rogue regime, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday, just hours after the hermit kingdom fired two suspected short-range missiles,” reports Fox News.
“This sanctions-busting ship is now out of service,” Assistant Attorney General Demers said in a news release. “North Korea, and the companies that help it evade U.S. and U.N. sanctions, should know that we will use all tools at our disposal — including a civil forfeiture action such as this one or criminal charges — to enforce the sanctions enacted by the U.S. and the global community.”
MAKING HISTORY: Israel’s Netanyahu Likely Headed Towards Historic 5th Term as Prime Minister
Millions of Israeli voters headed to the polls Tuesday; making history and handing Benjamin Netanyahu a likely fifth term as the Prime Minister of the world’s only Jewish State.
“Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to be headed toward a historic fifth term as Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday, with close-to-complete unofficial election results giving his right-wing Likud and other nationalist and religious parties a solid majority in parliament,” reports Fox News.
“With 97.4% of the vote counted, Likud and its traditional political allies were in command of a 65-55 majority in parliament. A couple of small parties were still teetering along the electoral threshold and fighting for their survival, so the final makeup of the next parliament has yet to be decided,” adds the report.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
MAKING HISTORY: President Trump Signs Proclamation Recognizing Golan Heights as Israeli Territory
Flanked by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a joint press conference inside the White House Monday, President Trump signed an official proclamation recognizing the Golan Heights as sovereign Israeli territory.
The Commander-in-Chief signed the order hours after a rocket attack from inside the Gaza Strip destroyed a home outside of Tel Aviv; prompting Netanyahu to cut-short his visit to Washington and return to Israel to oversee his military’s response.
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“This was a long time in the making. It should’ve taken place many decades ago,” said the President at the signing ceremony.
Israel gained control of the Golan Heights during the Six Day War of 1967 and officially annexed the region into Israel in the early 1980s.
The international community considers the area “disputed territory” and views development and housing construction by the Jewish State as a violation of international law.