On Monday, the United States President Donald Trump has said that it is “probably not” the right time for him to visit North Korea but could see doing so sometimes in the future.
“I don’t think we’re ready for that,” President Trump told sources when enquired about visiting Pyongyang for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. “I think we have a ways to go yet.”
He continued that “the relationship is very good,” but the time wasn’t right for a visit to Pyongyang.
“I would do it at some time, at some time in a later future,” said President Trump, “and depending on what happens, I’m sure he’ll love coming to the United States also.”
Kim Jong-Un has asked President Trump to visit the North Korean Capital in a letter sent in August, South Korean JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported on Monday, repeated an invitation issued at their last meeting in the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) dividing both North Korea and South Korea.
At the same day, North Korea has asked the US to offer security guarantees as a precondition to resuming deadlocked nuclear discussion, diminishing hopes for progress at working-level talk expected in the coming weeks.
Nuclear negotiations between the two nations have been gridlocked since a second summit arranged between President Trump and Kim Jong-Un ended without a deal in February.
Both agreed to restart working-level talks during an unprepared meeting at the DMZ in June, and Pyongyang has offered to hold those talks in September, a move the United States termed as “encouraging.”
However, hours later, Pyongyang has carried out the latest in a series of weapons tests.