“I think they want to make peace, I think it’s time.”
With that phrase, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, justified his decision to meet in the coming months with President Kim Jong-un, in search of an agreement to put an end to North Korea’s nuclear program.
During a rally in Pennsylvania this Saturday, the US ruler said he believed in the word of Pyongyang when he says that “they are not launching missiles into the air,” while the two sides work on arrangements for a historic meeting between the two leaders.
The initiative for a meeting between Trump and Kim came this week, when the North Korean president invited his US counterpart to meet in person .
The news was released by the head of the South Korean National Security Office, Chung Eiu-yong, in an appearance before the press last Thursday night outside the White House in Washington.The South Korean official, who was responsible for transmitting the invitation made by Kim, also revealed that Trump had accepted the proposal.
” I could go fast or we could sit down and make the best agreement in the world ,” Trump said at Saturday’s rally on the occasion of the meeting with his North Korean counterpart that is expected to take place in May.
“I think North Korea will do very well, it will be a tremendous success … The promise is that they will not launch missiles in the meantime, and they will seek denuclearization, that would be wonderful,” the US president had said. the press, shortly before the rally in Pennsylvania.
Then, before the crowd, he said that the issue of North Korea’s nuclear program should have been resolved earlier.
” This should have been faced, by the way, in the last 30 years, not now . (Former Presidents Barack) Obama, (George W.) Bush, (Bill) Clinton, had their chance and did nothing,” he said.
An unexpected encounter
According to the US press, Trump made the decision to accept the invitation to meet Kim Jong-un without consulting key figures of his government, so the news took many people by surprise.At the time of the announcement, the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, was in Africa, during his first official trip to that continent.
Then, on Friday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said North Korea had “promised to denuclearize . ” “This meeting will be held until we see concrete actions,” he added.
However, what the South Korean envoys that conveyed to Trump the invitation to meet was that North Korea was “committed to denuclearization” as a final goal, but they did not say that process would start before the meeting. between the two presidents.
Instead, in fact, what Pyongyang promised was to suspend nuclear and missile tests for the duration of the negotiations.
In any case, if Trump and Kim Jong-un meet, it will be the first meeting of two presidents in both countries.