US president said would not rule out military action against North Korea only last week
United States president Donald Trump on May 1 remarked that he would be “honoured” to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “under the the right circumstances”.
The Republican head of state’s comments came amid intensified tensions with the Communist country and its ongoing nuclear program which have stirred deep concerns within the international community. Very recently, Trump had said he would not rule out military action against North Korea if the situation demanded it.
But, in an interview with Bloomberg News, Trump said, “If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it. If it’s under the right circumstances, I would do that.”
“Most political people would never say that,” he also said in the interview, adding, “But I’m telling you under the right circumstances I would meet with him. We have breaking news.”
The US president has a reputation for admiring and openly embracing the dictators who are internationally condemned for oppressing people in their respective countries. His warm relationship with and seeming fondness for Russian president Vladimir Putin were highly commented upon during his campaign for the presidential elections.
Trump even hosted Egyptian president Abdel Fatah el-Sisi at the White House last month, even though the latter had been kept out of the official residence of the American president during Barack Obama’s tenure. Trump also invited Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte to visit the White House on April 29, the latter being infamous for his drug war which resulted in the deaths of thousands in his country.
The business tycoon-turned-president has also praised Kim earlier. In an interview with CBS, he said the North Korean leader was “a pretty smart cookie” because “at a very young age, he was able to assume power”.
In 2013, Kim had his uncle executed. He is also widely believed to have assassinated his half-brother in February.
Trump had also expressed his willingness to meet Kim during his presidential campaign, saying, “What the hell is wrong with speaking?”