Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Kim AGREES to Meet Trump at the DMZ
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to meet President Trump for a landmark summit on the border separating the Koreas after some prodding by the South Korean president, according to a report Tuesday.
President Moon Jae-in met with Kim in the Demilitarized Zone in an event that was aired around the world last Friday, when the two leaders agreed to formally end the 68-year-old Korean Warand to work toward the “complete denuclearization” of the peninsula.
There’s a “strong possibility” the meeting will be held at the venue in Panmunjom, and some events could even be scheduled on the northern side of the border, CNN reported, citing a source with knowledge of North Korea’s plans.
The site has a number of advantages — including logistics for Kim and because media facilities and equipment are already in place there, the report said.
A spokesperson for Moon backed the proposal.
“(We) think Panmunjom is quite meaningful as a place to erode the divide and establish a new milestone for peace,” the spokesperson said. “Wouldn’t Panmunjom be the most symbolic place?”
Trump saw the images of the meeting between Kim and Moon and liked how it was televised, CNN reported.
He also raised the possibility of having a sitdown on the border in a Sunday phone call with Moon.
The president said the border venue has a lot going for it.
“There’s something I like about it, because you’re there, if things work out, there’s a great celebration to be had on the site, not in a third-party country,” he said during a news conference in the White House Rose Garden on Monday.
But there has been some pushback from members of the administration who fear Trump’s meeting with Kim on the border would make him look too conciliatory and have been lobbying for a neutral location like Singapore, the report said.