President Trump announced Thursday he would be willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un multiple times if that’s what it takes to secure a lasting nuclear agreement; adding that’s how “deals work” sometimes.
The President was speaking with reporters aboard Air Force One when he weighed-in on Friday’s scheduled meeting with Kim’s top official in Washington, DC; saying “I look forward to seeing the letter and I look forward to June 12 where hopefully we can make progress.”
“There’s a very good chance that it won’t be done in one meeting or two meetings or three meetings. But it’ll get done at some point. It may get done really nicely and really intelligently, or it may not get done intelligently. It may have to be the hard way,” said the President.
The Trump administration confirmed this week that the President’s scheduled summit June 12th in Singapore is “expected” to take place as planned, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meeting with North Korean officials in New York City to save the historic talks.
SUMMIT SAVED? Jim Mattis ‘VERY OPTIMISTIC’ Korean Summit Will Take Place
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis offered new hope over the fate of the President’s scheduled summit with Kim Jong Un Friday, saying he was “very optimistic” that the North Koreans would return to the negotiating table.
“We have got some, possibly some good news on the Korea summit, where it may, if our diplomats can pull it off, may have it back on even,” Mattis told reporters.
“The diplomats are still at work on the summit, possibility of a summit, so that is very good news,” he added. “I am optimistic that the diplomats are working, our diplomats are working very hard to make this happen.”
The Pentagon chief’s comments echo similar remarks made by the President Friday morning; thanking the communist leader’s “warm” words after Trump canceled the high-stakes meeting.
The Commander-in-Chief scuttled the summit just days after the Hermit Kingdom slammed senior administration officials -particularly Vice President Mike Pence- as “political dummies.”
SUMMIT SAVED? North Korean Officials in NYC Ahead of Summit
A senior North Korean official departed for the United States over the Memorial Day weekend with the hopes of reviving the June 12th summit between Kim Jong Un and President Trump; sparking new speculation that the high-stakes meeting is back on schedule.
“Kim Yong Chol, Pyongyang’s longtime spy chief and a vice chairman of the ruling Workers’ Party, was spotted at Beijing Capital International Airport, where he boarded a flight to New York after first meeting with Chinese officials. As the Hermit Kingdom’s black operations chief, Kim has had a bloody hand in some of the rogue nation’s most notorious attacks on South Korea and even U.S. cyber targets,” writes Fox News.
The President welcomed Kim’s aide early Tuesday morning, saying “We have put a great team together for our talks with North Korea. Meetings are currently taking place concerning Summit, and more. Kim Young Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea, heading now to New York. Solid response to my letter, thank you!”
The potential summit was thrown in doubt last week when President Trump abruptly canceled the event; saying Kim’s “outright hostility” prompted his administration to withdraw from the meeting.