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Saturday 20 October 2018

Donald Trump: I had long and very good talk with South Korea leader after summit

The US president said he spoke to Moon Jae-in, who met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday.

President Donald Trump said he spoke to the South Korean president. (Evan Vucci/AP)
President Donald Trump said he spoke to the South Korean president. (Evan Vucci/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

US president Donald Trump says he had “a long and very good talk” with the South Korean president after his historic meeting with North Korea’s leader.

With anticipation growing for a possible US-North Korea summit, Mr Trump tweeted that “things are going very well”, with the “time and location” of a meeting with Kim Jong Un still being set.

He said that besides talking to South Korea’s Moon Jae-in, he has updated Japanese PM Shinzo Abe about “the ongoing negotiations”.

Mr Moon and Mr Kim have pledged to seek a formal end to the Korean War by the end of the year and to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons.

Mr Trump has said he is looking forward to the meeting with Mr Kim and it “should be quite something”.

It is tentatively scheduled for May or early June.

Earlier, the US president claimed credit for the historic meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea and declared that peace on the divided peninsula could be achieved.

He spoke hours after Mr Kim became the first North Korean leader to travel south of the demarcation line between the two Koreas, meeting Mr Moon.

Responsibility for turning a bold vision for peace into reality will in large part rest with Mr Trump, who has often vowed to succeed where his predecessors have failed in eliminating the North Korean nuclear threat to America.

Earlier, he touted the outcome of Friday’s summit between Mr Kim and Mr Moon as a breakthrough in the generational stand-off.

“KOREAN WAR TO END!” he tweeted. “The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!”

In a separate tweet, he said “good things are happening, but only time will tell”.

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