Earlier in the day, leaders Moon Jae-in of South Korea and Donald Trump of the U.S. expressed optimism that Trump's meeting with Kim Jong-un at the DMZ would speed up the denuclearization process.
"As we lay out a path to peace on the Korean Peninsula, my heart is overflowing. Continuous dialogue is the only practical way to reach complete denuclearization."
"What we're doing today is a step and probably it's a step in the right direction. There's a good feeling, so it could be very good. As for as another meeting I think let's see what happens today before we starting thinking about that but it could be very important."
And part of that good feeling, says Trump, is a good partnership with Preisdent Moon. According to a readout by South Korea's presidential office, Trump expressed appreciation for the active role President Moon has played as a "peace maker," noting a drastic shift in mood on the Korean Peninsula.
Moon noted that the meeting is the first time the leaders of the two sides have ever met at Panmunjom.
A highly anticipated three-way summit between leaders Moon, Kim and Trump did not happen, as President Moon yielded the spotlight to Kim and Trump and their meeting.
"The focus of dialogue today is North Korea and the U.S. Meeting and talking with North Korea's Kim Jong-un is crucial to carrying on the two sides' discussions."
Moon added that through the meeting at the border, the two Koreas will be able to reaffirm peace, and the world will give support to leaders Kim and Trump.
Given the progress made in the past two years since Moon and Trump took office, the leaders seemed sure that they will eventually achieve a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.