DMZ: Donald Trump steps into North Korea with Kim Jong Un

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9:34 a.m. ET, June 30, 2019

White House press secretary bruised in scuffle with North Korean officials

The new White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham came off worse for wear in a scuffle with North Korean officials during chaotic scenes as White House press pool and North Korean reporters were hustled into the meeting room where US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are currently talking in private.

A source on the scene said Grisham got in "an all out brawl" with the North Koreans, adding that she was bruised a bit in the scuffle.

Grisham could be seen later directing reporters outside the building in which Kim and Trump are meeting.

3:32 a.m. ET, June 30, 2019

Watch: Trump and Kim hold private bilateral meeting

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are in a private bilateral meeting right now.

In remarks to press before closing the doors, Kim said he was "very surprised" by Trump's open invitation on Twitter, adding, "I had wanted to meet him again."

Trump responded, thanking Kim for the meeting and calling it "a special moment."

Watch Trump and Kim's remarks here:

3:23 a.m. ET, June 30, 2019

In pictures: Trump meets Kim, steps into North Korea

US President Donald Trump has just made history as the first sitting American president to step onto North Korean soil.

First, the two leaders strode toward the border line dividing the two Koreas.

They then shook hands, before walking together back across the line into South Korea.

They are now holding a private bilateral meeting at the demilitarized zone (DMZ).

3:18 a.m. ET, June 30, 2019

Trump "proud" to enter North Korea

US President Donald Trump was "proud to step over the line" into North Korea, he said sitting next to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump thanked Kim once again for meeting and added, "When I put out the social media notification, if he didn't show up, the press was going to make me look very bad." 

Trump said because Kim showed up, they both looked good. 

"This could be a very historic moment and I guess that's what it is," Trump said. "I think the relationship that we've developed has meant so much to so many people."

3:17 a.m. ET, June 30, 2019

Watch the moment Trump stepped into North Korea

US President Donald Trump has become the first sitting US President to step into North Korea.

He met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the border between the two Koreas just now, before stepping over and walking 20 steps into North Korea.

The two leaders are now holding a private bilateral meeting.

Watch the moment Trump stepped into North Korea:

3:10 a.m. ET, June 30, 2019

Kim to Trump: "This will go down in the history of international politics"

As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump met at the border line that divides the two Koreas, Kim said, "If you step over this line you will be the first US president to step on North Korean soil."

Trump then stepped over, to which Kim said, “President Trump has just walked across the demarcation line. That has made him the first US President to visit our country. Actually just looking at this action, this is an expression of his willingness to eliminate all the unfortunate past and open a new future.”
3:09 a.m. ET, June 30, 2019

Kim: Trump and I have "an excellent relationship"

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he and US President Donald Trump have an “excellent relationship."

"If it wasn't for that good relationship, we would not have been able to make this sudden meeting possible," Kim said, adding: “I had wanted to meet you again.”

"So this excellent relationship in the future as well, I hope that it can be the foundation for better things in the future that people will be not expecting. And this will be a very mysterious force that allows us to overcome many difficulties that existed in the past."
3:06 a.m. ET, June 30, 2019

A dramatic step forward in relations after Hanoi failure

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are meeting privately at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the Koreas, shortly after they shook hands and walked on either side of the military demarcation line which has split the Peninsula since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

It was an historical moment and a huge step forward in a relationship which appeared to be unravelling after a failed second summit between Trump and Kim in Hanoi, Vietnam earlier this year.

That relationship now seems to be firmly back on track, with Trump and Kim greeting each other warmly and appearing to enjoy each other's company. Trump even suggested they could follow the meeting at the DMZ with a visit by Kim to the White House, the first ever time a North Korean leader would visit the US if it took place.

3:04 a.m. ET, June 30, 2019

Kim to Trump: "I was very surprised" by your tweet

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have just sat down together, with Kim saying he was "surprised" by the open invitation Trump issued over Twitter yesterday.

"I was very surprised to hear about your offer on the tweet and only late in the afternoon I was able to confirm your invitation. I had wanted to meet you again and especially for both Koreas, this place is a sign of unfortunate history of the past. So for our two Koreas to be able to have this opportunity for me to meet you here is very significant. It means that we can feel at ease and meet each other with positive mindsets. I believe that this will have a positive influence in all our discussions in the future," Kim said.