Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Trump 'would, absolutely' meet North Korea's Kim Jong-Un



President Trump has said he would be "honoured" to meet North Korea's Kim Jong-Un "under the right circumstances".
 
"If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would, absolutely, I would be honoured to do it," he told Bloomberg News.


Tensions between the US and North Korea are reaching boiling point amid fears the secretive state could follow up recent missile launches with a nuclear test.


The President has refused to rule out a pre-emptive strike, but has also been trying to get China to convince the North Korean leader to stop the tests.


Mr Kim's regime has threatened devastating retribution should the US try to attack, including sinking its huge USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier.


Mr Trump told Bloomberg that "most political people would never say" they would meet Kim, adding: "I'm telling you, under the right circumstances, I would meet with him. We have breaking news."


White House press secretary Sean Spicer later said any such meeting would have to follow a significant change of behaviour by North Korea.


"Clearly conditions are not there right now," he added.


In a separate interview at the weekend with CBS, President Trump said he would "see" about military action - but also referred to Kim Jong-Un as a "smart cookie".


"A lot of people, I'm sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else," said President Trump.
 
 
"And he was able to do it. So obviously, he's a pretty smart cookie. But... we cannot let what's been going on for a long period of years continue."


"People are saying, 'Is he sane?' I have no idea," added the President.


North Korea recently paraded its military hardware, including large rockets, through the centre of the capital Pyongyang in an elaborate display.


However, its last three rocket tests have ended in failure.


US officials said a medium-range KN-17 missile, launched last week, appeared to have broken up within minutes and did not leave North Korean territory.




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