President Donald Trump started his day in South Korea teasing his trip to the DMZ, but he wouldn't want to be sure that he would meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
& # 39; I understand they want to meet and I want to say hello. It will be very short, but we are in a very close area, "Trump said, announcing his trip just hours before visiting the DMZ.
& # 39; We do not have to make long journeys. We will see what happens. They are trying to work it out, & # 39; he said, adding that it & # 39; is not that easy & # 39;
As for who could come, Trump said, "I know no more than the two of us, but I can say that we are two. But we'll see how that goes
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
During tripping comments at an event for company leaders, Trump & # 39; did not say the final & # 39; about the meeting that he held Saturday morning.
But he praised his leadership in North Korea and reiterated his claim that World War III would have been if he were not for his election.
& # 39; I really am the opposite of a war criminal, & # 39; said Trump.
Trump went through important events of a recent cooling down of tensions, including the return of the remains of the Korean dead who died in the US, and the return of Otto Warmbier, who died in a coma shortly after his return to the United States.
From the return of & # 39; our hostage & # 39; Trump said it was something that we really appreciated from Jong-un, Chairman Kim.
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.
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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