FLASH: President Trump and Chairman Kim Will Meet at DMZ Later on Sunday, SKorea’s President Moon just said at the Press Conference with President Trump
President Donald Trump will meet with NKorean leader Kim Jong Un Sunday in the Demilitarized Zone separating the Korean Peninsula, SKorean President Moon Jae-in said.
President Moon made the remarks Sunday at a joint press conference with President Trump. President Trump said he will cross the border into NKorea, becoming the 1st sitting US President to enter the isolated country.
NKorea said Saturday President Trump’s invitation to meet Chairman Kim Jong Un at the Korean Demilitarized Zone is a “very interesting suggestion,” brightening prospects for a third face-to-face meeting between the 2 leaders.
The North’s First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said that the meeting, if it happens, would serve as “another meaningful occasion in further deepening the personal relations between the two leaders and advancing the bi-lateral relations.”
FM Choe still said that NKorea has not yet received an official proposal for the DMZ meeting from the United States. Her comments suggested that NKorea is willing to accept President Trump’s idea if it gets a formal US offer for the meeting, according to some observers in Seoul.
President Trump’s Press Conference after the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan (full coverage)
Saturday, President Trump invited NKorea’s Chairman Kim Jong Un to shake hands during a visit to the DMZ with SKorea.
President Trump is flying to SKorea late Saturday, he has concludes meetings at the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan.
He Tweeted Saturday morning: “I will be leaving Japan for South Korea with President Moon. 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(?)!”
White House officials did not immediately respond to requests as to whether Chairman Kim had agreed to meet with President Trump at the DMZ.
Every President since Ronald Reagan has visited the Y 1953 armistice line, except for George H.W. Bush, who visited when he was Vice President, to show support for SKorea, 1 of America’s closest military allies
President Trump will go 1 big step higher than his predecessors with a meeting with Chairman Kim.
“I’ll be meeting with a lot of other people … but I may be speaking to him in a different form,” President Trump said.
Trips to the DMZ, the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea, are usually undertaken under heavy security and the utmost secrecy. Not so the case for President Trump.
President Trump speaks to reporters after the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan (full coverage)