The US president said there was “possible progress” but warned the talks, which were attended by Kim and his wife and sister, could be “false hope”.
He said the talks, which excluded US negotiators, were being watched by the entire world but urged caution and sensible expectations.
“The world is watching and waiting! May be false hope, but the US is ready to go hard in either direction!”
There was no immediate response from Pyongyang.
Seoul delegate Chung Eui-yong said of last night’s meeting: “North Korea made clear its willingness to denuclearise the Korean peninsula and the fact there is no reason for it to have a nuclear programme if military threats against the North are resolved and its regime is secure.
“The North also said it can have frank talks with the United States on denuclearisation and the normalisation of ties between North Korea and the United States.”
North Korea test-fired several missiles last year, sparking condemnation across the globe
Donald Trump warned North Korea the USA was prepared to ‘go hard’
To ensure close communication, the two Koreas, whose 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty, will set up a hotline between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un, Chung said.
The prospect of talks between the isolated North and the United States helped boost global stock markets, with the broadest gauge of global shares, MSCI’s All Country World Index , rising 0.7 percent and Wall Street stocks opening higher.
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