Donald Trump has 'a date and location' for meeting with Kim Jong-un

He has said he wants it to be the DMZ

Andrew Buncombe
New York
Friday 04 May 2018 06:25 EDT
Trump on North Korea meeting: 'we have a date and location'

Donald Trump has said a date and location has been agreed for his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Speaking to reporters as he boarded Marine One at the White House for the journey to Andrews’ Air Force Base, and then Texas, he said his administration had been working very hard on the issue of North Korea.

“We’re having very substantive talks with North Korea and a lot of things have already happened with respect to the hostages. I think you're going to see very good things,” he said.

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Of his planned meeting with the North Korean leader, he added: “We have a date, we have a place.”

A week ago, during a meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel, he said the location had been narrowed down to two to three options. It was reported that two of the locations were believed to be Singapore, or Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia.

Mr Trump later tweeted that he would prefer to meet at the Peace House on the border of North and South Korea, the same place where Mr Kim made history last week when he met with South Korean president Moon Jae-in, shaking hands and laughing, before holding private talks that resulted in a joint declaration from the two countries.

“Numerous countries are being considered for the MEETING, but would Peace House/Freedom House, on the Border of North & South Korea, be a more Representative, Important and Lasting site than a third party country,” he wrote. “Just asking!”

In the aftermath of last Friday’s summit during which the 36-year-old became the first North Korean leader to travel south of the border between the two countries, Mr Trump praised the meeting and said he was looking forward to his own.

“I don’t think he’s playing,” Mr Trump said. “We will, I think, come up with a solution and if we don’t we leave the room with great respect and we just keep it going.”

The White House has said the historic summit with the Asian leader could take place this month, as long as North Korea made certain concessions.

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