The meeting was initiated by a tweet by Trump that Kim said took him by surprise. The two men shook hands warmly and expressed hopes for peace when they met. Trump, escorted by Kim, briefly crossed a military demarcation line into the North side of the Joint Security Area (JSA), patrolled by soldiers from both Koreas. “To cross that line was a great honor,” Trump said. After they returned to the southern side and joined South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in for a brief chat. Trump and Kim then held a closed-door meeting for nearly an hour.
“We just had a very, very good meeting,” Trump said after the talks. “We’ll see what can happen.” “This is an expression of his willingness to leave behind the past and work toward a new future,” Kim said. Pope Francis, making his weekly address in St. Peter’s Square, also praised the meeting. “I salute the protagonists, with a prayer that such a significant gesture will be a further step on the road to peace, not only on that peninsula, but for the good of the entire world.”