US President Donald Trump has offered North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to meet at the weekend for a brief exchange on the Inner Korean border. Trump invited Kim via the short message service Twitter to see yourself in the demilitarized zone. “If Chairman Kim sees this, I would meet him at the border just to shake hands and say hello,” Trump wrote.
Trump will fly from Japan to South Korea to a summit meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday night. Among other things, these are ways of getting the deadlocked dialogue with North Korea back on track. It was expected that Trump would visit the Panmunjom border crossing in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. On his first visit to South Korea in November 2017, Trump had to cancel a visit to the border town of Panmunjom because bad weather prevented the helicopter flight there. In the demilitarized zone, South Korea’s president Moon and Kim had recently met in April 2018.
“I’ve just put out a feeler,” Trump told journalists shortly after his tweet. He did not even know if Kim was currently in North Korea at all. “When he’s there, we’ll see each other for two minutes,” Trump said. “That’s all we can do.” The president defended his “good relationship” with the ruler of North Korea, who is accused of brutality against his people. “It would be a good thing to get along.” There would certainly have been war if he had not taken the initiative as President and started talks, Trump said. He would also be prepared to enter North Korean soil. “Sure, I do not think I have a problem with it,” Trump said on Saturday on a correspondent reporter question at his press conference following the G-20 summit.
Meanwhile, the North Korean government has welcomed Trump’s suggestion as “interesting.” Pyongyang considers the offer to be a very interesting one, but has not yet been officially contacted by the United States, the state-run news agency KCNA quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui on Saturday. If the meeting in the border area between North and South Korea really does take place as suggested by Trump, it would be “another significant opportunity to deepen personal relations between the two heads of state and promote bilateral relations,” Choe said.
Trump expressed his admiration for the border facilities on the Inner Korean border on Saturday. “When we talk about a wall, when we talk about a border, that’s called a border,” Trump said, looking at the 248-kilometer demarcation line between the two Korean states, which is extremely secure with barbed wire and technical surveillance equipment. “Nobody goes beyond this limit. This is called a real border. “Trump apparently referred to the numerous border crossings on the American southern border with Mexico, which he would like to secure by a wall.
Before leaving for South Korea, Trump met with Chinese leader and party leader Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the summit meeting of the G-20 group of major developed and emerging economies in Osaka, Both agreed to resume talks in the trade dispute.
Trump has seen Kim twice before, in Singapore in June 2018 and Vietnam’s Hanoi in February this year, to persuade the North Koreans to nuclear disarmament. The Hanoi summit failed because America and North Korea failed to agree on the terms of denuclearization. Trump had signaled in the weeks that he was for a third meeting with the North Korean ruler.
Before flying to Japan, Trump in Washington, on a reporter question for a possible meeting with Kim, said he would meet with many people but not with him. “But maybe I could talk to him in another form,” Trump had said.