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Trump Looking Into Meeting Kim Jong Un in DMZ


By    |   Monday, 30 April 2018 03:23 PM

President Donald Trump confirmed Monday his administration is looking into holding his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Peace House, located near the Demilitarized Zone, doubling down on an early morning tweet he had posted earlier in the day.

"It's possible, very possible," Trump said during a press conference held alongside Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House. "It's an interesting thought, and I had that thought."

The administration is "looking at various countries, including Singapore, and we are also talking about the possibility of the DMZ, the Peace House, and there's something that I thought was intriguing," Trump said.

There will be some people who "maybe don't like the look of that, and some people like it very much," the president added. "I threw it out [Monday] as an idea. I told President Moon [Jae-in] and, through President Moon, we connected with North Korea."

He said he likes the idea because, if things work out between North and South Korea, and an agreement is reached on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, "there's a great celebration to be had on the site, not in a third party country. We are looking at the possibility of doing it, in that location. We're also looking at other countries including Singapore."

Many other countries want the summit because "it has the chance to be a big event," Trump said.

"I was talking to [National Security Adviser] John Bolton about this a little while ago," he said. "The United States has never been closer to potentially having something happen with respect to the Korean peninsula, that can get rid of the nuclear weapons, can create so many good things so many positive things, and peace and safety for the world."

North Korean leader Kim has been "very open, and very straightforward so far," Trump continued.

"So far, he's talking about getting rid of the [nuclear testing] site, no research, no launching of ballistic missiles," Trump said. "No nuclear testing and he's lived up to that for a long period of time. A longer period of time than anyone has seen. We're looking at that for a possible site. I think it would be a great celebration if it works out well. If it doesn't work out well, that's the way it goes."

Trump said he is still confident the summit will happen, and he thinks will be a success.

"If it's not a success, you've got to get rid of the nuclear weapons," Trump said. "If it's not a success, I will respectfully leave. It's very simple."

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