‘Things going very well’, Trump tweets on proposed talks with Kim
After the historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in concluded at the truce village of Punmunjeom on Friday, April 27, the focus shifted to the widely awaited talks between Kim and US President Donald Trump.
Trump said after the Inter-Korean Summit that the details of his potential meeting with Kim were being chalked out and that he had words with leaders of South Korea and Japan about his preparations for what is being dubbed as the biggest moment of diplomacy in the 21st century. No American president has met a North Korean leader till today.
On Saturday, April 28, Trump updated the status in a tweet saying time and venue of his talks with Kim were being finalised. He also informed about his "long and very good talk" with Moon early on Saturday and conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the "ongoing negotiations". He also said that things were going very well.
A day earlier, Trump said the potential venue for the Kim summit was narrowed down to two or three locations and expressed hope over a successful summit. He also refused the buy the theory that Kim was not genuine in his pro-peace approach adopted of late.
On Friday, North Korea and South Korea signed the Punmunjeom Declaration vowing to conclude the Korean War which is still technically one and also achieve a denuclearised Korean Peninsula.
A week ago, Kim announced his decision to give up nuclear tests and shut the site where the tests were being conducted. Other reports said Pyongyang's nuclear testing site had collapsed by an explosion and that pushed the leader to curb his nuclear ambitions.
Speaking to reporters at the White House ahead of his meeting with German Chancellor Angela merkel, Trump said on the North Korea issue that they would come up with a solution and if they didn't, they would still keep it going with "great respect".
He also said later that he had a "very good working relationship" with the North Korean leader.