Donald Trump has offered a meeting with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that divides the Korean peninsula between north and south.
Trump recommended in a tweet on Saturday morning, Japanese Time, that he could meet the North Korean leader while going to neighboring South Korea after he departs the G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan.
“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(?) !” the president said in a tweet.
Trump later explained his invitation as a spur-of-the-moment idea, telling reporters: “I just put out a feeler because I don’t know where he is right now, he may not be in North Korea.”
“We’ll see,” the president added. “If he’s there, we’ll see each other for two minutes. That’s all we can. But that will be fine.”
North Korea replied to the invitation through its official news agency: “We see it as a very interesting suggestion, but we have not got an official proposal,” the KCNA agency cited first vice foreign minister, Choe Son Hui, as saying.
“I am of the view that if the DPRK-US summit meetings take place on the division line, as is intended by President Trump, it would serve as another meaningful occasion in further deepening the personal relations between the two leaders and advancing the bilateral relations.”
The South’s presidential Blue House said nothing had been guaranteed at this point and added: “Our position, which hopes for a dialogue between the US and North Korea to take place, remains unchanged.”
Trump and Kim have met twice, first in Singapore last June and again in Hanoi in February. Neither summit has produced a comprehensive agreement that would see North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons program as a reward for sanctions relief.