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June 28, 2019, 11:41 p.m. EDT

Trump says he wants to inspect heavily-fortified Korean DMZ to see a ‘real border’

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By Associated Press

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President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in Hanoi in February.

President Donald Trump says he wants to inspect the heavily-fortified Korean demilitarized zone as an example of what a “real border” looks like.

Trump invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to meet him for a handshake at the DMZ. He praising the layers of barbed wire, mines and other security measures that form the armistice line between the two still-technically-warring Koreas.

Trump is in Osaka, Japan, this weekend for the Group of 20 summit and has a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on trade between their two nations.

Read: Trump, on Twitter, offers to meet Kim Jong Un at the DMZ ‘just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!’

Says Trump: “By the way, when you talk about a wall when you talk about a border, that’s what they call a border. Nobody goes through that border.”

He adds, “That’s called a real border.”

Trump made curtailing illegal immigration and building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border a central theme of his 2016 campaign, though he has struggled to fulfill his pledge.

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