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.”