North Korea lauds meeting as chance for ‘breakthrough’

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Published on July 1, 2019 - Duration: 01:58s

North Korea lauds meeting as chance for ‘breakthrough’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed at their meeting on Sunday to push forward dialogue for making a new breakthrough in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, North Korean state media said on Monday.

Yahaira Jacquez reports.

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North Korea lauds meeting as chance for ‘breakthrough’

North Korean state media on Monday lauded the spontaneous meeting between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump at the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas.

(SOUNDBITE) (Korean) NORTH KOREAN NEWSCASTER SAYING: "The top leaders of North Korea and the United States agreed to keep in close touch in the future, too, and resume and push forward productive dialogue for achieving a new breakthrough in the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and in bilateral relations." Just a day before -- President Trump shook hands with the the North Korean dictator before crossing the border.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "Stepping across that line was a great honor." Making him the first sitting American president to set foot on North Korean soil.

During their meeting, the pair agreed to restart denuclearization talks… which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said would start some time in July.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO: "We thought there might be this opportunity, and the president by getting together with Chairman Kim today broke through and was able to get us the opportunity to get us back to the negotiating table, which I'm excited about." But when nuclear talks resume, negotiators will be revisiting old disagreements that have scuttled previous talks.

In February, at their Summit in Hanoi, the two leaders failed to agree on U.S. calls for denuclearization and North Korean demands for sanctions relief.

On Monday - China, Japan praised the Trump-Kim meeting.

But at home - a number of Democrat vying to replace Trump in the White House - voiced concern.

Senators Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris called the event a "photo-op." As did Senator Elizabeth Warren, who tweeted "Our President shouldn't be squandering American influence on photo ops and exchanging love letters with a ruthless dictator."

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