US President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas on Sunday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said, raising hopes for a revival of stalled nuclear talks.
Trump arrived in Seoul late on Saturday for talks with Moon after attending a Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, during which he made a surprise, spur-of-the-moment offer to meet Kim.
It will be the third time in just over a year that Trump and Kim have met, and four months since their second summit in Hanoi, Vietnam broke down.
“When a third summit between the United States and North Korea happens will depend what change today’s meeting will make,” Moon told a joint news conference with Trump.
Trump and Moon will visit the heavily fortified border together. Trump wanted to visit during a 2017 trip to South Korea but heavy fog prevented it.
Moon said earlier a handshake between Trump and Kim at the DMZ would be a historic event, and would give hope for progress in their dialogue.
“It would set a significant milestone in the process of achieving complete denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean peninsula,” Moon told Trump.
Kim and Moon held their historic first summit in the zone last year, which preceded the first US-North Korean summit in Singapore in June last year.
Moon has championed efforts to end hostilities between North Korea and the United States, vowing to play a mediator role in nudging North Korea into giving up its nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief and security guarantees.