WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the world holds its breath anticipating North Korea’s next move, American president Donald Trump said on Monday that he would “absolutely” be willing to meet with Kim Jung-un.
“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump told Bloomberg News (https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-01/trump-says-he-d-meet-with-north-korea-s-kim-if-situation-s-right), adding: “If it’s under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would do that.”
Trump’s comments come after a tense last several weeks during which the rogue state fired multiple test missiles and all 100 members of the U.S. Senate were called to the White House to discuss the ongoing nuclear threat.
During an interview on Sunday with the Washington Examiner (http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-you-make-a-mistake-here-there-is-nothing-to-work-out/article/2621572) president Trump said tensions with the communist country remain a top priority in regard to national security.
“We have to be prepared for the worst,” said the president. “We have to be prepared to do what we have to do. We cannot allow this to go on.”
Jong-un, who has had members of his own family executed for speaking out against him — has not met with a foreign leader since taking charge after his father’s death in 2011.
“Most political people would never say that,” Trump told Bloomberg. “I would meet with him. We have breaking news.”
Meanwhile, Australia is the latest U.S. ally to come to America’s side in an effort to shut down North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
“Today Australia and the United States continue to work with our allies to address new security threats around the world,” Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull said on Monday. “Together, we’re taking a strong message to North Korea that we will not tolerate reckless, dangerous threats to the peace and stability of our region.”
Turnbull is scheduled to meet with president Trump in New York later this week, where sources say North Korea will be a central topic of discussion.
North Korea has so far executed five nuclear tests and a series of missile launches, in direct defiance of UN Security Council and unilateral resolutions. In January, Jong-un said his nation had entered the final stage of preparation for a test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that would have the capability of reaching the intercontinental US.
In response, Trump tweeted at the time: “It won’t happen!”