This is truly a historic event and a remarkable accomplishment that no one other than Donald J.Trump could have predicted. Peace through strength…#MAGA

The first photos of the meeting between Mike Pompeo and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un were released Thursday, just hours after Pompeo was confirmed as secretary of state.

The photos of the pair shaking hands in a photo op were shared by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

“Great to have Secretary Pompeo confirmed,” she tweeted. “He will do an excellent job helping @POTUS lead our efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. (photos from previously confirmed Easter weekend trip)”

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Just prior to the trip being revealed, Trump told reporters that the two countries were holding direct talks at “extremely high levels” in preparation for what would be an extraordinary meeting following months of heated rhetoric over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program. –Fox News

The president later confirmed the meeting in a tweet, saying it “went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed.”

South Korea’s foreign minister has said she believes President Donald Trump is largely responsible for bringing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the negotiating table.

Speaking ahead of Friday’s historic summit between the leaders of North and South Korea, Kang Kyung-wha told CNN that the US President had played a significant role in bringing the two sides together.

“Clearly, credit goes to President Trump,” Kang told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in Seoul. “He’s been determined to come to grips with this from day one.”

Kim will become the first North Korean leader to cross the Military Demarcation Line between North and South Korea on Friday for talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. President Trump is expected to meet with Kim in May or June. –CNN

The historic meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in took place at 8:30 pm EST.

With carefully calibrated pomp and ceremony, the leaders of the two Koreas met Friday morning in the Demilitarized Zone for a summit that could mark a historic turning point in one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints.

At 9:30 a.m. local time (8:30 p.m. Thursday ET), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walked across the line separating the two Koreas and met South Korean President Moon Jae-in with smiles and handshakes.

Kim wrote in the visitor’s log at the Peace House before the start of the inter-Korean summit. “The new history starts from now on. At this starting point of the history of the era peace,” the entry reads, according to an NBC translation.

 

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