Trump arrived at the DMZ shortly before 2 a.m. Eastern U.S. time, accompanied by South Korean President Moon Jae-in. They were shown awaiting Kim’s arrival, along with South Korean military members and other officials.
But before the meeting was expected to begin, Trump met with some military members and others and was expected to review some relics from the Korean War era.
Earlier Sunday, Moon told reporters that Kim had agreed to meet with Trump. The confirmation came at a joint news conference between Moon and Trump following their brief meeting in Seoul.
“President Trump is the maker of peace in the Korean Peninsula,” Moon said in announcing the plan.
“President Trump is the maker of peace in the Korean Peninsula.”
Prior to the news conference, both Trump and Kim had expressed hopes that the meeting would be possible. But Trump said earlier Sunday that logistical and security issues still needed to be addressed.
At the news conference, Moon told reporters that Kim had accepted Trump’s invitation to meet at the DMZ, the heavily fortified site at the Korean border village of Panmunjom. Trump also offered to be the first U.S. president to step into North Korea.
Trump told reporters he was looking forward to the meeting with Kim, which would follow their previous summits — at Singapore last June and in Hanoi in February.
Nonetheless, Trump downplayed the significance of the meeting, saying it would be “just a step” in trying to repair the relationship between the U.S. and North Korea and move toward a U.S. goal of nuclear disarmament on the Korean Peninsula.
Trump is in South Korea visiting Moon after attending the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, where he met with the leaders of China, Russia and Saudi Arabia, among others.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.