Trump Offers to Meet North Korea’s Kim

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President Trump with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in February. PHOTO: EVAN VUCCI/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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President Trump said he is willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, even if just to “say hello,” which drew interest from Pyongyang.

Mr. Trump was due to leave a summit of leaders from the Group of 20 nations in Japan on Saturday and travel to South Korea, where he was scheduled to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

 

 

In a Twitter post Saturday morning in Japan, Mr. Trump made an offer to meetwith Mr. Kim.

“After some very important meetings, including my meeting with President Xiof China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon),” Mr. Trump said. “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(?)!”

Hours after Mr. Trump’s tweet, North Korea called the overture a “very interesting suggestion” that would serve to strengthen ties between the two leaders and their countries, according to Pyongyang’s foreign ministry.

But the North has yet to receive an official proposal for a DMZ meeting, according to a foreign ministry statement attributed to First Vice Minister Choe Son Hui, one of the Kim regime’s most prominent interlocutors with the U.S.

A Sunday visit by Mr. Trump to the DMZ has been anticipated during his trip, but White House officials haven’t disclosed specific plans. Mr. Trump had planned to tour the area while on a visit to South Korea in November 2017—without a meeting planned with Mr. Kim—but weather prevented that visit.

Mr. Trump discussed the tweet while meeting Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for breakfast on the sidelines of the G-20 summit.

“I just put out a feeler because I don’t know where he is right now,” Mr. Trump said, seated across the table from Prince Mohammed. “He may not be in North Korea.”

He added that he and Mr. Kim “seem to get along very well.”