President Trump Meets North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un CSPAN July 1, 2019 1:36pm-2:11pm EDT
the peace process on the korean peninsula. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. this concludes the press conference given by president moon and president trump. [applause] >> president trump and north korean leader kim jong-un met at the demilitarized zone that divides north and south korea. following a handshake, mr. trump became the first u.s. president to step into north korea. both leaders spoke to the press during their visit. this is about half an hour.
past and open a new future. >> i just want to say that this is my honor. i didn't really expect it. we were in japan for the g20. i said, i'm over here. i want to call chairman kim. progress has been made. a lot of friendships have been made and this is in particular a great friendship. that was very quick notice and i want to thank you. >> we are going to go inside and talk for a little while. a lot of really positive things are happening.
voice. nobody has heard that voice before. he doesn't do news conferences in case you haven't heard. and aas a special moment historic moment the fact that we are meeting. i want to thank chairman kim for something else. when i put out the social media notification if you didn't show up the press was going to make me look very bad. you made us both look good and i appreciate it. we developed a great relationship. i think you go back to and a half years and look at what was going on, prior to me becoming president it was a very bad situation for south korea, north korea and the world. i think the relationship that we've developed has meant so much to so many people and it's just an honor to be with you and it was an honor that you asked me to step over that line.
>> where do you want it? >> right here. >> let's go inside. >> thank you very much. we just had a very good meeting with chairman kim and we have agreed that we are each going to designate a team and the team will try and work out some details and again speed is not the object. we want to see if we can do a really comprehensive good deal. nobody knows how things turn out but certainly this was a great day. this was a very legendary very historic day. quick notice. nobody saw this coming and it was great that he was able to react so quickly and we were all able to react so quickly. speaking with president moon,
oftentimes he was saying this is historic. just the meeting is historic and i think there is something to that. it will be more historic if something comes of it. something very important. a lot has already come of it. you see what's going on and the level of relationship as opposed to how it was when i came into office. was a came into office it fiery mess. bad things were going on and the end of the other administration was nothing but trouble. you don't report it accurately but that's ok. someday history will report it accurately. i can say that for two and a half years we have had peace with nothing signed. it was just based on relationship. president moon was saying very strongly that he would have never believed that a thing could go on like this so
friendly, so peacefully. we have agreed to have teams set up. we will have a team, secretary of state pompeo will pick it to read we already know the gentleman. a good man and he likes both countries very much. to head it uping under the auspices of our great secretary of state mike pompeo. what's going to happen is over the next two or three weeks the teams are going to start working to see whether or not they can do something. very big stuff. for the complicated. not as complicated as people think. drives have great been based on relationship and this is one where it has been a different story. you saw when they were showing us around and they were talking
about two and a half, three years ago it was really dangerous out there. you couldn't move. people were being killed. they said since singapore it has been a whole different ballgame. i was telling chairman kim that actually to me how annoyed was a great success. press reported at the opposite. likeometimes need things that to happen but it was a great success because we maintained our relationship so we are going to have teams that are going to meet over the next few weeks and start a process and we will see what happens. i guess you will do a little interpretation and then we will have the president say a few words.
pay my tribute to the creative and bold approach that mr. trump has demonstrated and also through this meeting today we are in the process of achieving complete denuclearization. i believe that we have been able to go over a big hurdle and this has actually presented a big hope for the 80,000 korean people. it's also significant progress the united states and north korea have set up teams to begin working level negotiations in the near future and that will constitute success so i'm looking forward to great accomplishments through this process and i would like to thank president trump again. >> thank you very much and i would also like to thank chairman kim. hewing the press, had decided not to come, you would have hit me. you would have hit me hard. him for doingking
it on such quick notice. guess and24 hours i that's pretty good but we moved mountains. i want to thank secret service and all of the people who work so hard. our military in particular. setting something like this up so quickly is very hard. i can only say the meeting was a very good one. very strong. very solid. great relationship and we will see what can happen. again we want to get it right. we are not looking for speed. we are looking to get it right. there has been no nuclear test. no ballistic missiles. there has been a lot of goodwill and it continues to be. i think probably after today better than it was even before. so i want to thank all of the media. i'm going over to a great military base and i'm going to speak to our troops and i've been doing this now for about three weeks straight in one form
or another and i actually look forward to being on air force one. and a lot ofg home you are coming with us. >> can you walk us through what happened? >> yes. we met at the line and i said would you like me to come across ? he said i would be so honored and that's the way it worked out. the firsti understand time something like that has happened. i said would you like me to come across the line. i would be honored. i didn't know what he was going to say. we had a very good meeting. >> did you extend the invitation
for him to come to the united states? >> i did. at some point it will all happen. if it all works out at some point that will happen. this was a pretty big move today i imagine based on what everyone was telling me. it was my honor. chatd that to him we had a for five minutes. day, aa very positive very positive event. i think it's good really for the world. happened today i think is great for south korea. i think it's great for north korea. i think it's great for the world. when we started this you had missiles flying over japan. they weren't so happy. you would have the sirens going and a lot of problems. i think you all remember the case of hawaii. you remember that whole situation. you remember guam. the world was a very tense
place. and weecame president went through a rough dialogue for a while. we've covered it very well. we went through a rough dialogue and then all of a sudden we came together. let's see how it happens. steve is going to do a fantastic job he's going to be representing us in the talks and we will be dealing with south korea. we will be dealing with president moon and his people. pretty much the initial talks will be between the united states and north korea. president moon will be right there. >> what was the chairman's response to your invitation? >> the invitation initially? we were contacted on most immediately. >> to the united states. >> i just asked him outside. i said at the right time, you are going to come over. we are going to go over there. we have a ways to go yet.
i actually mentioned in front of , anytime-- the press he wants to do it. i think we want to take this down to the next step. tradeositive meeting on with president xi of china. that was a great meeting we had. and again, no hurry. no real speed. go ahead. why does chairman kim need to set up a new team? >> we have a team. we are going to spearhead it and he's also putting somebody in charge who we know and we like. >> were you able to validate that those people are still alive? >> well, i think they are. i can tell you the main person is. i know that because we know that. the rest are, too. i would really hope the rest
are, too. they said the person that we dealt with wasn't and then i know for a fact he is. the chairman promise he didn't do any new missile tests? >> very small ones. we don't consider that a missile test. actually it wasn't a test. we are talking about long-range ballistic missiles. testing them,ot hasn't even come close to testing and most important there were no nuclear test. if you remember the end of the obama administration and the early part of my administration it was tremendous nuclear testing. they had a mountain moved. you remember the big earthquake. it was a massive nine point something earthquake. it turned out to be a nuclear test. i think we are on a very good path. this was a terrific day. let's say hello to our great
troops. thank you all very much. i'm looking forward to taking him on. -- taking them off. i don't like sanctions being on his country. i'm looking forward. at some point during the negotiation things can happen and that's when we will be talking about sanctions. thanks very much. >> joined c-span later this evening for more road to the white house coverage as 2020 democratic presidential candidate and minnesota senator amy klobuchar holds a meet and greet in iowa live at 6:00 p.m. eastern. current and former judges including charles breyer, the brother of supreme court justice stephen breyer, discuss the human side of judging at the university of california berkeley law school. other participants include texas supreme court justice eva
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