The United States has never been so close to getting rid of North Korea’s nuclear weapons, President Donald Trump said, exuding confidence that his planned summit with the leader of the North, Kim Jong Un, will continue.
“The United States has never been closer to having something to do about the Korean peninsula that can get rid of nuclear weapons, it can create so many good things, so many positive things and peace and security for the world,” Trump said. He told reporters during a joint press conference of Rose Garden with visiting Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Then, we’ll see what happens, you know, I often say, who knows, who knows, maybe a lot of things will change,” he said, responding to a question about the latest developments on the Korean Peninsula.
Trump accepted an invitation for a meeting with Kim. The meeting is scheduled to take place soon, possibly in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that stretches on both sides of the border between the two Koreas.
“There’s something I like about him, because you’re actually there, if things work, there’s a big celebration on the site, not in a third country, so we’re looking at the possibility of doing it in that place. countries, including Singapore, “he said.
“I’ll say this: The good news: everyone loves us, has the opportunity to be a great event,” he said while praising Kim for his recent statements.
“Kim Jong Un, who has been very open and direct so far, I can only say, again, until now, but he is talking about getting rid of the site, which was his great site. ballistic, not nuclear testing, and it has lived up to that for a long period of time, a longer period of time than anyone has seen, “Trump said.
The United States is considering it as a potential site.
“I think it would be very interesting, I think it would be a great celebration if it works well, if it does not work well, that’s how it works,” said the president of the United States.
Trump expressed confidence that the summit will happen.
“I think the summit is going to happen, they want it very much, we would like to see it, I think the summit is going to happen, and personally, I think it will be a success, but we’ll see.” he said.
“If it’s not a success, I’ll leave respectfully, it’s very simple,” Trump said, trying to find a balance between optimism and skepticism about his upcoming summit with Kim.
The president of Nigeria, Buhari, congratulated the leaders of North and South Korea for their historic summit, and applauded them for the positive commitment they have made towards the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Trump was also praised by Buhari.
“President Trump deserves a lot of credit for his state role in the dramatic transformation of the course of events in that region,” he said.