Will They Meet in The Demilitarized Zone?
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jun 30, 2019,
Jun 30, 2019, 0:56
Presidential visits to the DMZ are traditionally treated as carefully guarded secrets for security reasons.
She was referring to North Korea by its official name - the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
He said that Kim sent him "a very attractive birthday card", and he believed he got his reply back "because it's in the newspapers". He was speaking at the start of a working breakfast with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this week that a recent exchange of letters between Mr Trump and Kim boosted hopes for a restart of talks, calling it a "very real possibility".
Later in the day, he's scheduled to travel to South Korea, where he will meet with President Moon Jae-in on Sunday to discussed stalled efforts to persuade the North to abandon its nuclear weapons.
"I said if Chairman Kim would want I'd meet, I'll be at the border".
He added: "While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello (?)!"
"If he's there we'll see each other for two minutes", Trump predicted. Still, such a spectacle would present a valuable propaganda victory for Kim, who, with his family, has always been denied the recognition they sought on the global stage.
With the summit concluded, Trump apparently saw fit to make the public invite himself on his favorite social media platform.
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Mr Trump, who is in Osaka, Japan, for a Group of 20 summit, is due to arrive in South Korea later on Saturday.
"However, with the United States willing to suspend the threat of 25% tariffs on the $300bn or so of China goods imports that are not already subject to tariffs, there is a keen sense that both sides should be able to agree to further talks". He became the first sitting USA president to meet with the leader of the isolated nation previous year in Singapore, where they signed a broad agreement to bring the North toward denuclearization.
The US has insisted North Korea give up its nuclear programme while Pyongyang has demanded sanctions relief.
Mr Trump told reporters on Saturday Kim had sent him a birthday card and Trump sent him a letter in return.
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It was not immediately clear if there had been additional diplomatic preparations for such a meeting, or whether it was a one-off. Whether it happens or not remains an open question, one even Trump claimed to be unable to answer after he raised the prospect in a tweet.
Trump flew from Osaka, Japan, where he attended a global summit and held numerous meetings with world leaders, including Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping.