Talks between U.S. President Donald Trump as well as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take some weeks to arrange, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday.
Trump said on Thursday he was prepared to meet Kim in what might be the first face-to-face encounter between any leaders of the two countries. the idea potentially marks a major breakthrough in easing tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.
“President Trump has said for some time that will he was open to talks as well as he might willingly meet with Kim when conditions were right,” Tillerson said. “as well as I think inside president’s judgment that will time has arrived currently.”
The decision was made by the president himself, Tillerson said during a visit to Djibouti.
“currently the idea’s a question of agreeing on the timing of the first meeting between the two of them, as well as that will will take some weeks before we get all that will worked out.”
Trump has derided Kim as a “maniac”, referred to him as “little rocket man”, as well as threatened in a speech to the United Nations last year to “totally destroy” North Korea if the idea attacked the United States or one of its allies.
Kim responded by calling the U.S. president a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard.”
Trump’s aides have been wary of North Korea’s diplomatic overtures because of its history of reneging on international commitments as well as the failure of efforts on disarmament by previous U.S. administrations.
Some U.S. officials as well as experts worry North Korea could buy time to build up as well as refine its nuclear arsenal if the idea drags out talks with Washington.
Tillerson said the United States was surprised at how “forward-leaning” Kim was in his conversations having a visiting South Korean delegation. He said the idea was the strongest indication to date of Kim’s “not just willingness however truly his desire for talks”.
Kim has committed to denuclearisation as well as to suspending nuclear as well as missile tests, South Korea’s National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong said on Thursday after briefing Trump on a meeting South Korean officials held with Kim earlier This particular week.
China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, called on the United States as well as North Korea to hold talks as soon as possible, saying that will at a news briefing in Beijing on Thursday that will things “will not be smooth sailing”.
Russia believes that will a possible meeting between Trump as well as Kim “will be a step inside right direction”, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters while on a visit to Ethiopia.