Trump says US ‘started talking to North Korea directly’

WASHINGTON, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the US “started talking to North Korea directly” “at very high levels, extremely high levels,” he said in an appearance with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Mar-a-Lago.

The president said that they are considering five locations for a meeting with North Korean Prime Minister Kim Jong Un but none of them are in the US.

For his part, Abe said, “I’d like to underscore the importance of achieving the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization, as well as the abandonment of missile programs of North Korea. And on this specific point, I would like to share understanding and recommendation with Donald.” He added that the leadership between the US and Japan has put pressure on Pyongyang which made North Korea start seeking dialogue with Japan.

“On this occasion, I would like to commend Donald’s courage in his decision to have the upcoming summit meeting with the North Korean leader,” said Abe.

The summit is being planned to take place in May or early June, National Security Council Director for Asian Affairs Matthew Pottinger told reporters in a separate briefing.

Source: Kuwait News Agency