North Korea calls Trump's proposal for Kim Jong Un in the DMZ & # 39; very interesting & # 39; to meet, thus sharpening the prospect of a third personal meeting
- North Korea said it is waiting for a formal invitation to meet Trump at DMZ
- Trump tweeted on Friday and invited Kim to shake & # 39; his hand and Hello (?)! & # 39;
- Trump is currently in Seoul and will travel to the DMZ on Sunday
- Presidents have visited Panmunjom before, but the Kim handshake would be historic
North Korea said on Saturday that President Donald Trump's offer to meet leader Kim Jong Un in the Korean demilitarized zone is a & # 39; very interesting suggestion & # 39; which alleviates the prospects of a third direct meeting between the two leaders.
Trump goes to the DMZ on Sunday, after tweeting from the G-20 in Osaka: & If North Kim's president sees this, I would meet him at the border / DMZ just to shake his hand and Hello (?) To say! & # 39;
The first Deputy Foreign Minister, Choe Son Hui, said the meeting, if realized, would serve as & # 39; another meaningful opportunity to further deepen the personal relationships between the two leaders and to promote bilateral relations & # 39 ;.
Choe still said that North Korea did not receive an official proposal for the DMZ meeting from the United States. Her comments suggested that North Korea is willing to accept Trump's idea if it receives a formal US offer for the meeting, according to some observers in Seoul.
President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in pose for a photo during a visit to the tea house on the grounds of the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea on Saturda
The border between North and South Korea is seen from the south in the Panjmunjom common security area in the DMZ. The boundary is the line that separates the brown dirt on the north side from the gray gravel in the south that runs between buildings used for peace talks
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Kim Jong Un, leader of North Korea, before their last meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on 27 February 2019
The Choe statement was conducted through the official Korean Central News Agency in the north.
Earlier on Saturday, Trump invited Kim to shake hands during his planned visit to the DMZ, which since the end of the Korean War 1950-53 served as the de facto border between the Korea & # 39; s.
& # 39; The only thing I did is make a feeler out if you want to meet & # 39 ;, Trump said later about the invitation, adding that he is not sure about Kim & # 39; s whereabouts.
Trump and Kim have met twice since Kim started negotiations with the United States early in the year to get rid of his rolling nuclear arsenal in exchange for political and economic benefits.
Their first summit in Singapore last June ended with Kim & # 39; s promise to work on complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
But it lacked a specific timetable and step-by-step plan. In Singapore, the two leaders also agreed to improve bilateral relations and to build lasting peace on the peninsula.
They met in Vietnam in February, but the second summit collapsed due to disputes over how many sanctions North Korea should help in exchange for dismantling its main nuclear complex – a limited denuclearization step.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is reading a letter from US President Donald Trump that he said earlier this month as & # 39; excellent & # 39; described
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, prepares to shake hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the military demarcation line in the border village of Panmunjom last year
Kim has since asked Trump to work out acceptable proposals to save the negotiations by the end of this year. US officials said the sanctions against North Korea would remain in place until North Korea took more stringent measures towards nuclear disarmament.
The talks about a revival of diplomacy have flared up since Kim and Trump recently exchanged personal letters. Kim mentioned the letter from Trump & # 39; excellent & # 39; while Trump described Kim as & # 39; beautiful & # 39 ;.
The United States and North Korea are in a state of technical war because the Korean war ended in 1950-53 with a truce and not a peace treaty. About 28,500 American soldiers are deployed in South Korea as a deterrent to possible aggression from North Korea.
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