First U.S. President In North Korea 👣

Susan Walsh / AP

Susan Walsh / AP

Trump meets Kim in the demilitarized zone

On Sunday, President Trump crossed into North Korea with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. They later had a 50 minute meeting in the Demilitarized Zone after which they announced a restart of nuclear talks between the two nations.

What is the Demilitarized Zone?

The Demilitarized Zone is a heavily fortified border between North and South Korea. It is around 4 miles wide and serves as a buffer between the two nations. Trump and Kim's meeting took place in Panmunjom truce village, the same spot where the truce with North Korea and the U.S. and South Korea was signed.


LEANING RIGHT:

Fox News: Harry Kazianis: Trump’s unconventional North Korea strategy -- is it worthy of a Nobel Prize?

Washington Times: 'Historic moment': Trump becomes first sitting U.S. president to enter N. Korea

The right praises Trump for the impromptu meeting with Kim at the border. They see the meeting an opportunity to get both sides “back on track” towards denuclearization. They believe the meeting is another example of Trump’s unconventional and unexpected style of diplomacy that pulls out all the stops to achieve its goal.

LEANING LEFT:

CNN: Trump just made Kim's job a lot easier

Mother Jones: Trump’s Stroll Into North Korea Was the Perfect Example of His Dictator Diplomacy

The left is skeptical that Trump’s visit into North Korea would result in any lasting peace. They point out that the photo op seems to reward Kim for only freezing missile tests and could lead the North Korean regime to thinking that Trump could settle for less than full denuclearization. These articles reinforce their skepticism by highlighting Trump only got a pledge to talk more.


Where's the common ground?

While both sides may disagree about whether the visit was worth it, they acknowledge this visit to be a historical moment between North Korea and America. President Trump's physical presence in North Korea will serve as an important milestone.

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