Trump offers to meet and shake hands with Kim at Korean border

US President Donald Trump has offered to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarised zone between North Korea and South Korea this weekend.

During a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G20 summit, Mr Trump said he “put out a feeler” to organise a meeting with the North Korean leader.

Mr Trump is currently in Osaka, Japan, for the summit but will travel to South Korea on Saturday and return to Washington on Sunday.

He also tweeted an invitation to Mr Kim, writing: “After some very important meetings, including my meeting with President Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon).

“While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!”

He told reporters that he and Mr Kim “get along very well” and claimed he was responsible for preventing a war with North Korea.

“It’s good to get along (with Kim Jong Un) because frankly if I didn’t become president (the US would) be right now in a war with North Korea,” he said.

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“And by the way that’s a certainty. That’s not like maybe.”

President Trump offered to meet Kim Jong Un at the Korean border
Image: President Trump has offered to meet Kim Jong Un at the demilitarised zone between North Korea and South Korea

The US president admitted he did not know where Mr Kim is currently and said he “may not be in North Korea”.

Mr Trump is set to meet South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in over the weekend and travel to the demilitarised zone, which he described as a “real border”.

Mr Trump made curtailing illegal immigration and building a wall on the US-Mexico border a central theme of his 2016 campaign, though he has struggled to fulfil his pledge.

He said he wants to inspect the heavily-fortified demilitarised zone, saying “… when you talk about a wall when you talk about a border, that’s what they call a border. Nobody goes through that border”.

He is also expected to make a speech to US soldiers stationed in the country.

The president praised his “friend” Mr bin Salman, the crown prince, during their meeting over breakfast at the G20 summit.

He said Mr bin Salman had taken steps to “open up” the kingdom and loosened laws restricting Saudi women – but Mr Trump ignored reporters’ questions about the crown prince’s alleged role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

President Trump speaks to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Image: President Trump speaks to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

A United Nations expert has called for Mr bin Salman’s alleged involvement in the killing at the Saudi consulate last year to be investigated.

Speaking to journalists before he left Washington, Mr Trump said Mr Khashoggi’s death had already been heavily investigated and brushed off calls for a further inquiry.

Prime Minister Theresa May is also set to meet Mr bin Salman at the summit on Saturday and is expected to talk to the crown prince about Mr Khashoggi’s murder.

A working breakfast was held between President Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Image: A working breakfast was held between President Trump and the Saudi Crown Prince

A senior British official said: “Iran will obviously figure (in talks)… and the Khashoggi investigation.”

Mrs May will also tell leaders at the summit she will use the aid budget to help tackle climate change and will urge other nations to follow the UK’s commitment to cut greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050.

She is expected to say: “The facts, which are clear, should guide us: we are running out of time to act.

“In addition to stronger national commitments, we need determined implementation, and a change in how we invest.”

The prime minister will also lobby leaders as part of a bid for the UK to host the next international climate conference.

Source: SKY NEWS

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