The Latest: Trump says US won’t ‘be played’ in NKorea talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the meeting between the leaders of North Korea and South Korea (all times local):

12:11 p.m.

President Donald Trump says the U.S. is “not going to be played” when it comes to peace talks with North Korea.

Trump sat alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House Friday and said that talks on the divided Korean peninsula have “never gone this far.”

Trump spoke hours after Kim Jong Un became the first North Korean leader to visit south of the demarcation line between the two Koreas, meeting with President Moon Jae-in.

The leaders pledged in a joint statement to seek a formal end to the Korean War by year’s end and to rid their peninsula of nuclear weapons, without specifying how it would be achieved.

Trump credited his own leadership for why talks will “be different” in these negotiations.

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11:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump is expressing hope that the people of North and South Korea can someday live in harmony a day after a historic meeting between the two countries.

Trump says as he welcomes the U.S. Olympic team to the White House that he hopes “all of the people of Korea — North Korea and South — can someday live in harmony, prosperity and peace.”

And he says that despite many saying it was impossible, “it looks like it could happen.”

The comments came a day after meeting between the North’s Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Trump is expected to meet with Kim in late May or June.

He also says he hopes that one day athletes from the two countries can compete “on a Korean peninsula that is free of nuclear weapons.”

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7:06 a.m.

President Donald Trump tweeted “KOREAN WAR TO END” Friday after a historic meeting between the leaders of North Korea and South Korea.

Trump responded to the meeting of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in South Korea. They pledged in a joint statement to rid their peninsula of nuclear weapons — but didn’t identify any specific new measures to achieve that.

Trump is expected to meet with Kim in late May or June.

He tweeted: “KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!”

In a separate tweet sent minutes earlier, Trump said, “good things are happening, but only time will tell.”

Trump later offered credit to China.

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