On the same day North Korea threatened to conduct a nuclear test “at any time and at any location,” the President of the United States Donald Trump on Monday said that he would be willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “under the right circumstances” to defuse tensions over North Korea’s nuclear programme.
“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honoured to do it,” Trump said in an interview with Bloomberg News.
most political people would never say they’d be willing to meet with Mr Kim. I’m telling you, under the right circumstances, I would meet with him. We have breaking news.Donald Trump, US President
Notably, no sitting US president has ever before met with the leader of North Korea.
Just hours before the comment, the Republican President described Kim as a “pretty smart cookie.”
Amid the escalating tensions over the North Korean nuclear crisis and face-off between the two nations, the Trump administration has earlier said that all options, including a military strike, are on the table.
Following Trump’s comments, the White House issued a statement following Trump’s remarks, saying North Korea would need to meet many conditions before any meeting between the two leaders could take place.
North Korea so far has executed five nuclear tests and a series of missile tests, defying UN Security Council and unilateral resolutions. In January, Kim Jong-un said that North Korea had entered the final stage of preparation for a test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, which would have the capability of reaching US. Trump tweeted in response at the time: “It won’t happen!,” The Independent reported.