Trump offers to meet North Korea's Kim at DMZ

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Published on June 29, 2019 - Duration: 01:43s

Trump offers to meet North Korea's Kim at DMZ

U.S. President Donald Trump says he would like to see North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this weekend at the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, and North Korea says a meeting would be "meaningful" if it happened.

Ryan Brooks reports

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Trump offers to meet North Korea's Kim at DMZ

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "We get along very well." U.S. President Donald Trump has offered to meet Kim Jong Un at the border between North and South Korea.

And the North has shot back a positive response: an official said hours later - it could be quote "meaningful" (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "If he's there, we'll see each other for two minutes, that's all we can, but that will be fine." Trump said Saturday he'd like to see Kim this weekend as part of his trip to the South after he'd received a birthday card from the Supreme Leader.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "He sent me a very beautiful birthday card, and I just ...what I did is ....and he I guess he got my return letter, because it's in the newspapers -- him reading the return letter.

But I just put it out, I just thought of it this morning, we'll be at the area, we may go to the DMZ or the border as they call it, that by the way when you talk about a wall when you talk about a border that's what they call a border.

Nobody goes through that border, just about nobody, that's called a real border." If the two were to meet at the demilitarized zone it would be the third time in just over a year and the first since their talks in Vietnam broke down.

That summit ended with no progress on U.S. efforts to press Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

Trump first made the offer to Kim on Twitter saying it was "just to shake his hand and say hello." In a statement a senior North Korean diplomat called Trump's suggestion 'interesting.'

But it was unclear whether Kim might accept the president's offer.

The U.S. special envoy to the North - Steven Biegun - is already in the South.

He said Friday the U.S. was ready to hold talks with the North and follow through on the agreement over denuclearization struck in Singapore last year - a document that was light on specifics.

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