President Donald Trump suggested Monday that a planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un be held in the Demilitarized zone between the North and South Korea.
“Numerous countries are being considered for the MEETING, but would Peace House/Freedom House, on the Border of North & South Korea, be a more Representative, Important and Lasting site than a third party country? Just asking!” the president wrote on Twitter. Trump expressed optimism this weekend about the planned meeting with Kim, tentatively scheduled for May or early June, following conversations Saturday with Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Trump tweeted he had a “very good talk” with Moon and updated Abe on plans for his anticipated summit with Kim. Key U.S. leaders have expressed growing optimism that decades of hostility on the Korean Peninsula are closer than ever to coming to an end.
Friday, Kim became the first North Korean leader to set foot in South Korea, when he crossed the border to shake the hand of South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The two leaders agreed to work toward removing all nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula and vowed to pursue talks that would bring a formal end to the Korean War.
North Korea has in the past made similar commitments about its nuclear program, but failed to follow through. Asked whether Pyongyang’s commitment is real this time, Trump said, “We’re not going to get played.” On Sunday, South Korean officials said Kim Jong Un plans to invite experts and journalists from Seoul and the United States to observe when Pyongyang shuts down its nuclear test site in May.
On Sunday, it was reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plans to invite experts and journalists from Seoul and the United States to observe when North Korea shuts down its nuclear test site in May, South Korean officials
South Korean presidential press secretary Yoon Young-chan, also quoted Kim as saying: “The United States, though inherently hostile to North Korea, will get to know once our talk begins that I am not the kind of person who will use nuclear weapons against the South or the United States across the Pacific.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told ABC News the best possible outcome for President Donald Trump’s planned summit with Kim in three to four weeks would be Pyongyang freeing three Americans it is detaining and agreeing to an “irreversible” and “verifiable” end to its nuclear weapons program.
“Who knows how the ultimate discussions will go? We have our eyes wide open,” said Pompeo, in the Middle East on his first overseas trip as the top U.S. diplomat. “Kim is going to have to make a decision. We use the word irreversible. We’re going to look for actions and deeds.”
By: Walter Metuth