Donald Trump says he wants to meet Kim Jong-un at DMZ 'just to shake his hand and say hello'

Andrew Buncombe

Donald Trump has said he wants to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the DMZ to shake his hand.

The US president, who has been in Japan attending the G20 summit, had indicated he may visit the the demilitarised zone (DMZ) that was established between North and South Korea, when he visits South Korea this weekend.

Reports suggested the White House had been working to arrange a visit to the strip, established in 1953 at the end of hostilities of the Korean War.

Mr Trump had previously sought to visit in 2017 but was unable to because of bad weather, and before leaving Washington for the G20, he told The Hill:

“I’m gonna be there for a day. I understand that’s one of the places I’ll be visiting.”

Tweeting from before he left Japan for South Korea the president made the strange offer to Mr Kim, for what would be their third meeting.

“After some very important meetings, including my meeting with president Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with president Moon),” he tweeted on Saturday morning in Osaka.

He added: “While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!”

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