President Donald Trump says that he is willing to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump said Monday in an interview with Bloomberg News, adding that it such a meeting could only occur under “the right circumstances.”
“Most political people would never say that,” Trump said, “but I’m telling you under the right circumstances I would meet with him. We have breaking news.”
The president praised Kim Jong Un, calling him a “smart cookie” in an interview with CBS News.
“Obviously, he’s a pretty smart cookie,” the president said in an interview with CBS News’ John Dickerson on “Face the Nation.”
“Is he sane? I have no idea,” Trump explained, adding, “I can tell you this … he was a young man of 26 or 27 when he took over from his father, when his father died. He’s dealing with obviously very tough people, in particular the generals and others. At a very young age, he was able to assume power. A lot of people, I’m sure, tried to take that power away … He was able to do it.”
Trump previously called the young North Korean despot a “maniac,” a “madman playing with nukes,” a “total nut job.”
North Korea has launched nine missiles since Trump took office, and there is evidence that the North may be preparing to test a sixth nuclear device or an intercontinental ballistic missile, raising the stakes on the peninsula.
“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump told Reuters at the White House last week. “We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult.”
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