Korean War to end, Trump says after inter-Korean summit

WASHINGTON, U.S. President Donald Trump declared Friday that the Korean War will end, after the leaders of the two Koreas met and agreed to pursue a peace treaty and the denuclearization of the peninsula.

The agreement came during South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's historic talks at the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom.

"After a furious year of missile launches and Nuclear testing, a historic meeting between North and South Korea is now taking place," Trump said in a tweet. "Good things are happening, but only time will tell!"

He expressed hope later that the Korean people can someday live in harmony, prosperity and peace.

"And it looks like it could happen," Trump said at the White House with athletes who took part in February's Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. "When I began, people were saying that was an impossibility. They said there were two alternatives -- let them have what they have or go to war. And now we have a much better alternative than anybody thought even possible."

Trump is set to have his own meeting with Kim in May or early June to discuss the denuclearization of the regime.

"I'll be meeting with Kim Jong-un in the coming weeks as we seek to denuclearize the North Korean area and the entire Korean Peninsula," he said. "Hopefully the day will come when Olympic athletes can compete on a Korean Peninsula that is free of nuclear weapons and where all Koreans can live together, and can share their dreams. It would be a wonderful thing to do."

The Koreas' joint statement reaffirmed their stated goal of achieving a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula through complete denuclearization, but stopped short of specific steps to get there.

It also called for joint efforts with the U.S. and possibly China -- signatories of the Armistice Agreement that ended the 1950-53 Korean War -- to turn the truce into a formal peace treaty.

"KOREAN WAR TO END!" Trump said on Twitter. "The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!"

The U.S. president has often taken credit for North Korea's renewed commitment to denuclearization, saying his administration's "maximum pressure" campaign forced Kim to the table through increased economic and diplomatic sanctions.

The White House earlier voiced hope that the inter-Korean talks would lead to peace and prosperity on the peninsula.

"On the occasion of Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in's historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, we wish the Korean people well," it said in a statement shortly after the meeting got under way. "We are hopeful that talks will achieve progress toward a future of peace and prosperity for the entire Korean Peninsula."

The statement also said the U.S. looks forward to continuing "robust discussions" with South Korea to prepare for the planned meeting between Trump and Kim and appreciates the allies' close coordination.

"Please do not forget the great help that my good friend, President Xi of China, has given to the United States, particularly at the Border of North Korea," Trump later tweeted. "Without him it would have been a much longer, tougher, process!"

Washington has given credit to Beijing -- Pyongyang's only major ally and economic benefactor -- for scaling back cross-border trade and pressuring the regime to give up its nuclear weapons program.

Kim visited Beijing last month on his first known overseas trip since assuming power in late 2011. He held talks there with Chinese leader Xi Jinping ahead of his planned meetings with Moon and Trump.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

Korean War to end, Trump says after inter-Korean summit

WASHINGTON, U.S. President Donald Trump declared Friday that the Korean War will end, after the leaders of the two Koreas met and agreed to pursue a peace treaty and the denuclearization of the peninsula.

The agreement came during South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's historic talks at the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom.

"After a furious year of missile launches and Nuclear testing, a historic meeting between North and South Korea is now taking place," Trump said in a tweet. "Good things are happening, but only time will tell!"

He expressed hope later that the Korean people can someday live in harmony, prosperity and peace.

"And it looks like it could happen," Trump said at the White House with athletes who took part in February's Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. "When I began, people were saying that was an impossibility. They said there were two alternatives -- let them have what they have or go to war. And now we have a much better alternative than anybody thought even possible."

Trump is set to have his own meeting with Kim in May or early June to discuss the denuclearization of the regime.

"I'll be meeting with Kim Jong-un in the coming weeks as we seek to denuclearize the North Korean area and the entire Korean Peninsula," he said. "Hopefully the day will come when Olympic athletes can compete on a Korean Peninsula that is free of nuclear weapons and where all Koreans can live together, and can share their dreams. It would be a wonderful thing to do."

The Koreas' joint statement reaffirmed their stated goal of achieving a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula through complete denuclearization, but stopped short of specific steps to get there.

It also called for joint efforts with the U.S. and possibly China -- signatories of the Armistice Agreement that ended the 1950-53 Korean War -- to turn the truce into a formal peace treaty.

"KOREAN WAR TO END!" Trump said on Twitter. "The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!"

The U.S. president has often taken credit for North Korea's renewed commitment to denuclearization, saying his administration's "maximum pressure" campaign forced Kim to the table through increased economic and diplomatic sanctions.

The White House earlier voiced hope that the inter-Korean talks would lead to peace and prosperity on the peninsula.

"On the occasion of Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in's historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, we wish the Korean people well," it said in a statement shortly after the meeting got under way. "We are hopeful that talks will achieve progress toward a future of peace and prosperity for the entire Korean Peninsula."

The statement also said the U.S. looks forward to continuing "robust discussions" with South Korea to prepare for the planned meeting between Trump and Kim and appreciates the allies' close coordination.

"Please do not forget the great help that my good friend, President Xi of China, has given to the United States, particularly at the Border of North Korea," Trump later tweeted. "Without him it would have been a much longer, tougher, process!"

Washington has given credit to Beijing -- Pyongyang's only major ally and economic benefactor -- for scaling back cross-border trade and pressuring the regime to give up its nuclear weapons program.

Kim visited Beijing last month on his first known overseas trip since assuming power in late 2011. He held talks there with Chinese leader Xi Jinping ahead of his planned meetings with Moon and Trump.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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