Trump Would Be Willing to Meet North Korea’s Kim

US says North Korea's willingness to talk 'encouraging'

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, President Trump said he would be willing to meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to resume nuclear talks at some point later in the year.

That he said this is odd, since the US had emphasized repeatedly that they want new talks with North Korea soon, and it was always assumed that this meant Trump was on board with meeting Kim, since that’s the form any meaningful talks so far have taken.

North Korean officials have recently indicated they are more open to meeting with the US after some tension-fueling wargames earlier this month. US officials say they are encouraged to hear that.

So far, there is no actual schedule for the talks, though some had suggested they could happen as soon as this month, and Trump is saying later this year. There do not appear to be any near-term obstacles for the talks, and it’s likely that those who want the talks will prefer to have them sooner, rather than later, before something else can happen and derail the plan.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.