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

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4:07 a.m. ET, June 30, 2019

Trump says he and Kim agreed to restart talks

US President Donald Trump says he agreed with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to restart talks after nuclear negotiations stalled earlier this year.

“We just had a very, very good meeting with Chairman Kim,” Trump told reporters after parting with Kim at the Korean border.

“We’ve agreed that we’re each going to designate a team. The teams will try to work out some details,” he said.

The US team would be led by the current US special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, said Trump, adding, "Good luck, Steve."

Trump said the teams would begin working and meeting over the next two to three weeks, but insisted he wasn’t looking to rush into an agreement.

“Speed is not the object,” Trump said. “Nobody knows how things turn out.”

Watch Trump's remarks here:

3:59 a.m. ET, June 30, 2019

Kim says meeting with Trump signals future meetings "anytime"

As US President Donald Trump escorted Kim Jong Un back over the border to North Korea, Kim said, “The fact that we will be able to meet each other anytime now, I think this is the signal this meeting will send.” 

Kim was walking with Trump and South Korean President Moon.

The leaders spoke for nearly one hour. 

4:00 a.m. ET, June 30, 2019

Trump hails "legendary, historic day"

Presidents Donald Trump and Moon Jae-in are addressing the press after escorting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un across the border.

"Speed is not the object, we want to see if we can do a really comprehensive, good deal," Trump said. "This was a great day. This was a very legendary, historic day."

He quoted Kim as saying that "just the meeting is historic."

"A lot has already come up," Trump said of the US-North Korean relationship. "When I came into office it was a fiery mess, bad things were going on."

He added that "for two and half years we've had peace, with nothing signed, just based on relationships."

Negotiations will resume with North Korea led by special representative Steve Biegun, Trump said.

3:55 a.m. ET, June 30, 2019

Kim back in North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has returned to his country. Presidents Moon Jae-in and Donald Trump accompanied him to the border where they said goodbye.

3:54 a.m. ET, June 30, 2019

Trump, Kim and Moon walk out after private talk

US President Donald Trump has concluded his sit-down meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump, Kim, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have just walked back out.

Trump and Kim met inside the Freedom House at the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) for roughly 50 minutes.

That’s a far more substantial session than Trump previewed earlier in the day, when he said his encounter with Kim would amount to little more than a handshake.

3:52 a.m. ET, June 30, 2019

Trump and Kim have been talking for 40 minutes

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are still talking in private at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the Koreas.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Trump's advisors Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, his daughter and son-in-law, have left the meeting.

Trump and Kim are to emerge shortly.

3:52 a.m. ET, June 30, 2019

Peace on the Korean Peninsula is a "personal issue" for Moon, says CNN Seoul bureau chief

The steps taken today were symbolic for South Korea -- and personally significant for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, said CNN Seoul Bureau Chief Paula Hancocks.

The Trump-Kim meeting could indicate a sign of progress toward North Korean denuclearization, Hancocks said -- and ultimately, peace on the Korean Peninsula, and the formal end of the Korean War.

"It is largely symbolic in some ways, but it is an important step for South Koreans. For President Moon Jae-in, he's been very clear about this. His most important task is to make sure there's not a second Korean War. His parents are North Korean refugees or were North Korean refugees. He was part of the family reunions. He went with his mother to meet his auntie from North Korea that he had never met before as part of those reunions between North and South Korea when times were good. This is a very personal issue for President Moon," Hancocks said.

Watch her on-air analysis here:

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: