It’s barely been a day since the G20 Summit in Osaka has been over and already, it has been eclipsed by President Trump’s visit to the De-Militarized Zone in the Korea on Sunday.  

In a historic moment witnessed by the entire world, Trump became the first seating U.S. President to set foot on North Korean soil when he crossed the demarcation line into the North. He took a few historic steps inside North Korea with Kim Jong Un then walked back again, completing a diplomatic journey without incident. 

President Trump waits for Kim Jong Un seen rushing to meet him at the De-Militarized Zone in a historic moment on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

In a surreal moment which played out in real time before the eyes of the world, President Trump and Kim Jong Un met at the DMZ and shook hands when he (Trump) asked, “Would you like me to come across?” of which Kim responded that he “would be honoured.”

Trump then stepped over the slap separating the two Koreas and crossed the demarcation line into North Korea, taking a few historic steps inside.  It was then that the media went absolutely crazy and jostled to take images as they witnessed history in the making where a seating U.S. President was literally walking inside North Korea.

President Trump and Kim Jong Un on the North Korean side of the DMZ on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Credit: Dong-A Ilbo via Getty Images
History made as President Trump and Kim Jong one pose for pictures on the North Korean side of the DMZ on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Credit: AP/Susan Walsh
Two histories made: the handshake and President Trump doing it on North Korean soil at Panmunjom village , DMZ area, on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Credit: Dong-A Ilbo via Getty Images
The media went frenzy after President Trump crossed to North Korea, seen here with Kim Jong Un at a village in the north making his way back to the south on Sunday, June 30, 2019.

“This has a lot of significance because it means that we want to bring an end to the unpleasant past and try to create a new future,” Kim told Trump through a translator during the historic handshake.

“It’s  very courageous and determined act,” he said, looking happy. 

“You’re the first U.S. president to cross this line,” said a smiling Kim moments after Trump became the first seating U.S. President to set foot into North Korean territory. 

President Trump made history by becoming the first seating U.S. President to cross the demarcation line into North Korea seen here with Kim Jong Un walking back toward the South Korean side of the DMZ on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Credit: Reuters
President Trump and Kim Jong Un cross back into the DMZ southern side on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

“Stepping across that line was a great honour,” Trump later told Kim as they walked together on the North Korean side of the border, adding that “a lot of progress has been made” after two failed summits in Singapore and Vietnam respectively.

President Trump see with Kim Jong Un made history by being the first seating U.S. President to cross into North Korea on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
President Trump and Kim Jong at the South Korean side of the DMZ is welcomed by President Moon Jae-in on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Credit: EPA
President Trump and Kim Jong Un later sat down for meeting at the DMZ side in South Korea on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Credit: Dong-A Ilbo via Getty Images

The moment albeit brief was significant and it will be studied for years by historians. When people look back in history, this will be the moment that will define The Trummp or Trump’s foreign policy approach that changed everything and he did it all alone.  

President Trump and Kim Jong Un walk out after the meeting between the two leaders on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Kim Jong Un, President Trump and Moon Jae-in after the meeting as they accompany Kim back to the DMZ line back to North Korea, on Sunday, June 30, 2019.
South Koreans watch President Trump and Kim Jong Un meeting on television screens at Seoul Railway Station on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Credit: Getty Images.

The significance, the relevance and the symbols can not be underestimated. It’s also historic in many ways but also that this was the first highstakes summit set up on Twitter in less than 24 hours and the first seating U.S. President to set foot on North Korean soil.

Kim Jong Un waves goodbye as Presidents Trump and Moon Jae-in of South Korea wave back at the military demarcation line at the DMZ on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Credit: EPA-EFE

Trump has put the US in a stronger position than ever in terms of negotiations both with North Korea and China. This presents all parties with an opportunity to reset the stage and restart negotiations. 

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