Trump praises historic North, South Korea meeting

WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday praised the meeting of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, acknowledging the historic summit even as he raised questions about how long the positive diplomacy would last.

Kim and Moon earlier Friday pledged to work toward the "complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula," and seek to declare an official end to the 1950s Korean War and establish a permanent peace agreement.

In a pair of tweets, Trump appeared optimistic that a summit would be fruitful as he eyed his own meeting with Kim, expected in the coming weeks.

"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!" Trump said on Twitter.

"Good things are happening, but only time will tell!" he added.

The U.S. president has said he hopes to meet with Kim in May or June, and a White House official has said Trump may seek to meet with Moon before hand.

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A North Korean woman is photographed from the Chinese side of the border north of Dandong, China as she walks on the banks of the Yalu River just north of Sinuiju, North Korea, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Women, photographed from the Chinese side of the border, are seen through binoculars fixed on a building on the Chinese side of the border for sightseers to look across to North Korea, as they cross the bridge from Namyang in North Korea towards the town of Tumen in China, November 24, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
North Korean fishermen are seen as a Chinese flag flutters from the Broken Bridge as the sun sets over the Yalu River between the North Korean town of Sinuiju and Dandong in Liaoning Province, China, November 19, 2017. In the Chinese city of Dandong, signs of neighbouring North Korea are pervasive. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
North Korean souvenirs are displayed for sale on the banks of the Yalu River in Dandong in Liaoning province, China, November 19, 2017. In the Chinese city of Dandong, signs of neighbouring North Korea are pervasive. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
North Koreans are photographed from the Chinese side of the border as they stand in the freezing Yalu River near the town of Linjiang, China, November 22, 2017. On a road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea, reporters found a group of North Koreans diving in the Yalu river who the Chinese locals said were searching for gold. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
North Koreans are photographed from the Chinese side of the border as they stand in the freezing Yalu River near the town of Linjiang, China, November 22, 2017. On a road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea, reporters found a group of North Koreans diving in the Yalu river who the Chinese locals said were searching for gold. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Women walk across a bridge from an island on the Yalu River, dividing North Korea and China, in the town of Linjiang in Jilin province, China. November 21, 2017. A week-long road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea revealed stark contrasts between China's bright towns and North Korea's dark villages. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Women participate in a group dance exercise close to the Yalu River which runs between China and North Korea, in the town of Linjiang in Jilin province, China, November 21, 2017. A week-long road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea revealed stark contrasts between China's bright towns and North Korea's dark villages. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Chinese fishermen manoeuvre small boats close to the North Korean side of the Yalu River near Dandong, Liaoning province, China, November 20, 2017. A week-long road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea showed places where it is porous. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A piece of clothing is used to make a gap in barbed wire near the closed bridge over the Yalu River on the Chinese side of the border with North Korea between towns of Ji'an and Linjiang, China, November 21, 2017. A week-long road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea showed places where it is porous. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A North Korean soldier and locals are photographed from the Chinese side of the border north of Dandong, China as they stand on the banks of the Yalu River, north of Sinuiju, North Korea, November 19, 2017. A week-long road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea revealed stark contrasts between China's bright towns and North Korea's dark villages. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A tourist uses binoculars to look across to North Korea from a tower built on the Chinese side of the border between Russia (L), China (C) and North Korea (R) near the town of Hunchun in China, November 24, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
People have their picture taken with North Korea in the background, in Tumen, China, November 25, 2017. In the Chinese city of Dandong, signs of neighbouring North Korea are pervasive. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Policemen control a check point after preventing Reuters reporters from driving through, near the border of China and North Korea, just outside the village of Sanhe, China, November 25, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A ferris wheel, photographed from the Chinese side of the border across the Yalu River from Dandong in Liaoning Province, China is seen near the town of Sinuiju in North Korea, November 19, 2017. In the Chinese city of Dandong, signs of neighbouring North Korea are pervasive. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
North Koreans are photographed from the Chinese side of the border as they stand next to the freezing Yalu River near the town of Linjiang, China, November 22, 2017. On a road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea, reporters found a group of North Koreans diving in the Yalu river who the Chinese locals said were searching for gold. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
North Koreans are photographed from the Chinese side of the border as they stand in the freezing Yalu River near the town of Linjiang, China, November 22, 2017. On a road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea, reporters found a group of North Koreans diving in the Yalu river who the Chinese locals said were searching for gold. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
North Koreans are photographed from the Chinese side of the border as they stand in the freezing Yalu River near the town of Linjiang, China, November 22, 2017. On a road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea, reporters found a group of North Koreans diving in the Yalu river who the Chinese locals said were searching for gold. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A sign reading, "Take the initiative to preserve order along the border," stands in a field at the border between China and North Korea just outside Dandong, Liaoning province, China, November 19, 2017. A week-long road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea showed places where it is porous. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A large screen, which faces North Korea, broadcasts propaganda videos on an island on the Yalu River between North Korea and China, in the town of Linjiang in Jilin province, China, November 21, 2017. A week-long road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea revealed stark contrasts between China's bright towns and North Korea's dark villages. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
North Koreans are photographed from the Chinese side of the border as they stand in the freezing Yalu River near the town of Linjiang, China, November 22, 2017. On a road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea, reporters found a group of North Koreans diving in the Yalu river who the Chinese locals said were searching for gold. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Women, photographed from the Chinese side of the border, are seen from a viewing point used by tourists to look into North Korea, as they cross the bridge from Namyang in North Korea towards the town of Tumen in China, November 24, 2017. A week-long road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea showed places where it is porous. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
North Koreans are photographed from the Chinese side of the border as they stand next to the freezing Yalu River near the town of Linjiang, China, November 22, 2017. On a road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea, reporters found a group of North Koreans diving in the Yalu river who the Chinese locals said were searching for gold. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A man looks through binoculars towards North Korea on the Broken Bridge over the Yalu River that connects the North Korean town of Sinuiju and Dandong in Liaoning Province, China, November 19, 2017. In the Chinese city of Dandong, signs of neighbouring North Korea are pervasive. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A North Korean man is photographed from the Chinese side of the border near the town of Changbai, China as he rides a bicycle along the Yalu River in the North Korean town of Hyesan, November 23, 2017. A week-long road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea showed places where it is porous. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
North Korean girls are photographed from the Chinese side of the border as they collect water from the frozen Yalu River near Linjiang, China, November 22, 2017. A week-long road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea revealed stark contrasts between China's bright towns and North Korea's dark villages. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A North Korean border guard is photographed from the Chinese side of the border near the town of Changbai, China as he stands on the banks of the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Hyesan, November 23, 2017. A week-long road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea showed places where it is porous. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Chinese men fish as a watchtower stands on the North Korean side of the Yalu River, just north of Dandong in Liaoning province, China, November 20, 2017. In the Chinese city of Dandong, signs of neighbouring North Korea are pervasive. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A couple prepare for a wedding photography session on a boat which takes tourists on sightseeing tours from the Chinese side of the Yalu River, close to the shores of North Korea, near Dandong, Liaoning province, China, November 20, 2017. In the Chinese city of Dandong, signs of neighbouring North Korea are pervasive. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
North Koreans are photographed from the Chinese side of the border south of Changbai in China as they make their way through a small village south of Hyesan in North Korea, November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Chinese men fish as a watchtower stands on the North Korean side of the Yalu River, just north of Dandong in Liaoning province, China, November 20, 2017. In the Chinese city of Dandong, signs of neighbouring North Korea are pervasive. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A North Korean border guard is photographed from the Chinese side of the border near the town of Changbai, China as he stands on the banks of the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Hyesan, November 23, 2017. A week-long road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea showed places where it is porous. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A man takes pictures of himself with North Korea and the remains of a bridge in the background, just north of Dandong in Liaoning province, China, November 19, 2017. A week-long road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea showed places where it is porous. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Tourists travel on a boat taking them from the Chinese side of the Yalu River for sightseeing close to the shores of North Korea, near Dandong, Liaoning province, China, November 19, 2017. In the Chinese city of Dandong, signs of neighbouring North Korea are pervasive. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A man walks alongside the Yalu River which runs between North Korea and China, in the town on Linjiang in Jilin province, China, November 21, 2017. A week-long road trip along China's side of its border with North Korea revealed stark contrasts between China's bright towns and North Korea's dark villages. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "SAGOLJ ROAD TRIP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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