President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the United States and North Korea have already had direct communications at “extremely high levels.”
The president revealed the direct talks after a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. The direct communications with Pyongyang happened ahead of a planned meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this summer.
“We have had direct talks at very high levels, extremely high levels with North Korea,” Trump told reporters.
“They do have my blessing to discuss the end of the war,” said Trump, who welcomed Abe to his Florida resort on Tuesday.
Trump is looking to hold his own summit with Kim in the next two months and said five locations are under consideration. The proposed summit follows months of increasingly heated rhetoric over the North’s nuclear weapons program.
The president said he’s looking forward to meeting with Kim, adding that there’s mutual respect between the two governments.
Trump said the site for the summer meeting has not been selected, but there are five locations under consideration. None of the locations is in the United States.
“I really believe there’s a lot of good will. We’ll see what happens, as I always say. Because ultimately it’s the end result that counts, “We’ll either have a very good meeting or we won’t have a good meeting,” he added. “And maybe we won’t even have a meeting at all depending on what’s going in. But I think that there’s a great chance to solve a world problem.”
Abe praised Trump’s pressure on North Korea and its nuclear program, saying it’s what’s led to direct talks with the isolated country.
“I look forward to having a thorough discussion on the issue of North Korea, including both nuclear as well as missile issues, and also the abductions issue, which is a priority issue for Japan,” Abe said.
Abe arrived in Florida on Tuesday afternoon and was scheduled to have three bilateral meetings with Trump over the course of two days. He was expected to return to Japan on Thursday.
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