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. He will do an excellent job helping @POTUS lead our efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. (photos from previously confirmed Easter weekend trip) pic.twitter.com/o4RNDKVmah
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) April 26, 2018
“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)”
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
Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week. Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed. Details of Summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018
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.
“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.”
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.
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.