'Say hello': Trump invites Kim to DMZ meeting

Donald Trump left and Kim Jong-Un right shake hands before their meeting at a hotel in Hanoi Vietnam in February

Enlarge Image Donald Trump left and Kim Jong-Un right shake hands before their meeting at a hotel in Hanoi Vietnam in February. AP

USA president Donald Trump has invited North Korea's Kim Jong Un to shake hands at the Korean demilitarised zone (DMZ).

But as Trump arrived in Seoul ahead of a trip to the Demilitarised Zone tomorrow and a possible third meeting with the North's Kim Jong-un, the South's presidential Blue House appeared to have crafted a dinner to appeal to the guest of honour's particular tastes.

When a reporter asked him about whether he has "heard anything" from North Korea, he said, "We have".

The president also said North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has been "very receptive" to his proposal for a brief meeting at the DMZ tomorrow.

Trump and Kim last met in February this year, when talks in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi failed.

Mr Trump has repeatedly insisted that North Korea must dismantle its nuclear arsenal before economic sanctions can be lifted.

He said: "Today I'm prepared to exchange views with you on the fundamental issues concerning the growth of China-U.S. relations, so as to set the direction for our relationship in the period to come and to advance the China-U.S. relationship based on coordination, cooperation and stability".

It was unclear if South Korean President Moon Jae-in would accompany him on any visit across the border.

When the US military learned that Trump would be returning to the Korean Peninsula, it began preparing options for him, said a USA defense official with knowledge of the planning, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.

Trump also said Turkey has a less-than-stellar human rights record but he made clear that, unlike previous US presidents who would use the moment to set an example on American values, this blot would not deter their relationship.

"I just put out a feeler, because I don't know where he is right now, he may not be in North Korea", Trump told reporters. Choe assessed the proposal as "very interesting". "Nobody's happy about it", the president said.

While in Japan, Mr. Trump said at a news conference that he was "literally visiting the DMZ", but wasn't sure whether Kim would meet him.

"I would feel very comfortable doing that", Trump said. Trump's willingness to embrace the royal helped clear the transformation of the Saudi leader from worldwide pariah to member of the club in Osaka.

In an apparently spontaneous gesture, Mr Trump mooted a meeting with Mr Kim. He became the first sitting US president to meet with the leader of the isolated nation previous year, when they signed an agreement in Singapore to bring the North toward denuclearization.

Trump has previously said publicly he had received a very warm "beautiful letter" from Kim.

North Korea's official KCNA news agency said Trump's letter had "excellent content" and Kim would "seriously contemplate" it, without elaborating.

SEOUL, June 20 ― South Korea's President Moon Jae-in sought to appeal to Donald Trump's personal preferences today with a U.S. steak dinner and a guest list including a star woman golfer.

"I will be in South Korea". In May, he sent Trump a pointed message about the potential for renewed tensions, test-launching ballistic missiles for the first time since November 2017.

"He's tough, but I get along with him", Trump said.

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