U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed his desire to meet Kim Jong Un “under the right circumstances,” and said that he would be “honored to do it,” speaking to Bloomberg News in an article published on Monday evening EST.
“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump said.
“If it’s under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would do that,” Trump continued. “Most political people would never say that… but I’m telling you under the right circumstances I would meet with him.”
Trump’s Tuesday statement followed a slew of interviews the President has done with the press to mark his 100th day in office, many of which have touched on North Korea.
In an interview with CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, Trump appeared to praise the North Korean leader, describing him as a “pretty smart cookie.”
“He was a young man of 26 or 27… when his father died,” he said. “He’s dealing with obviously very tough people, in particular, the generals and others.”
During a Thursday interview with Reuters, Trump said Kim Jong Un’s rise to power had been “a very hard thing.”
“He’s 27 years old. His father dies, took over a regime. So, say what you want, but that is not easy, especially at that age,” Trump said. “I’m not giving him credit… I’m just saying that’s a very hard thing to do. As to whether or not he’s rational, I have no opinion on it. I hope he’s rational.”
North Korean state media is yet to respond to Trump’s statements.
The President has long expressed a desire for a meeting with Kim Jong Un which, if it took place, would be the first between a sitting U.S. President and a North Korean leader.
In May last year, then-Presidential candidate Trump said he would “have no problem speaking to him“, saying he would “talk some sense” into Kim Jong Un.
The Pyongyang government soon issued a response, publishing an op-ed describing Trump as a “wise politician” and “far-sighted presidential candidate”, even urging American voters not to choose the “dull” Hillary Clinton.
The South Korean government is yet to respond to Trump’s statement.
Edited by Oliver Hotham
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