Bracing for the keenly awaited meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, US President Donald Trump expressed optimism, though at the same time said he’d be willing to walk out if the meeting fails to meet his expectation.
The two leaders are likely to meet in June, according to the reports, to discuss the de-nuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
“If we don’t think it’s going to be successful… we won’t have it. We won’t have it. If I think it’s a meeting that is not going to be fruitful, we are not going to go,” Trump told reporters during a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
“If the meeting, when I’m there is not fruitful, I will respectfully leave the meeting and will continue what we are doing or whatever it is that we’ll continue, but something will happen,” he said.
Officials from the two countries are looking at five different venues for the meeting. None of them are in the US.
“Hopefully, that meeting will be a great success and we’re looking forward to it,” Trump said, adding that it would be tremendous for the world if the meeting went well. He also expressed hope that the Korean Peninsula could live together “in safety, prosperity, and peace” following a series of meetings between North Korea and South Korea.
“This is the destiny of the Korean people, who deserve and have gone through so much over the years. We hope it all works it and we’ll be trying very hard,” he added.
Trump said the release of three American prisoners in North Korea would be among the topics of his discussion with Kim.
“..for many years they have been talking to North Korea and nothing has happened. This should have been taken care of by past administrations when they were not nearly so far along. But we put unbelievably powerful sanctions on, and many other things,” Trump said, patting his administration saying it achieved what his predecessors couldn’t.
He also praised Chinese President Xi Jinping for co-operating with him on North Korea.
“He has plugged up the border, and he’s done it very, very powerfully. He would tell you himself that he never thought he would go to this extent. And I appreciate that very much,” he said.
Meanwhile, Abe, who is on a US visit, extended his support towards Trump for his efforts regarding North Korea and demanded complete denuclearisation of North Korea.
(With inputs from Agencies)