Washington: President Donald Trump says that he would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un if it is “under the right circumstances”.
“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honoured to do it,” Mr Trump said in an interview with Bloomberg News.
The comments come amid concerns in the US, as well as regional neighbours, about the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme in the wake of a number of recent failed missile tests.
Tensions have escalated dramatically in recent weeks as American and other intelligence agencies have suggested the country was readying for a possible nuclear test.
The Trump administration has said all options, including a military strike, are on the table. North Korea so far has executed five nuclear tests and a series of missile tests, defying UN Security Council and unilateral resolutions
Mr Trump said that “most political people would never say” they’d be willing to meet with Mr Kim. But he adds: “I’m telling you, under the right circumstances, I would meet with him. We have breaking news.”
On Friday, Mr Trump tweeted: North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today.