Trump: Meeting with Kim could take place within 3-4 weeks

Trump says his meeting with North Korean leader could take place within three or four weeks and "whatever happens, happens".

Elad Benari ,

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could take place within three or four weeks.

Speaking at a rally in Michigan, Trump said that "whatever happens, happens" at the meeting.

"Look, I may go in. It may not work out. I leave," said the president, according to CNN, adding he thinks "we'll have a meeting over the next three or four weeks."

In March, Trump unexpectedly agreed to a meeting with Kim, to be held in May or June. Kim later acknowledged for the first time his country’s contacts with the United States.

Administration officials said last week that Trump will urge North Korea to act quickly to dismantle its nuclear arsenal when he meets Kim and is not willing to grant Pyongyang substantial sanctions relief in return for a freeze of its nuclear and missile tests.

On Thursday, Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a historic meeting in the Demilitarized Zone between the two countries, meant to serve as preparation for the Trump-Kim meeting.

Trump spoke with Moon on Saturday and, according to the South Korean Yonhap news agency, the two agreed to closely coordinate to ensure the upcoming summit with Kim will reach an agreement on concrete measures to denuclearize North Korea.

"The two leaders agreed that South Korea and the United States should continue to closely coordinate so that the planned U.S.-North Korea summit generates an agreement on concrete measures to realize complete denuclearization," said a statement from Moon’s office.

In Trump’s speech on Saturday, he said the South Korean leader credited him for the apparent progress with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"He gives us tremendous credit," Trump said. "He gives us all the credit."

Trump said the goal of the talks would be to "de-nuke" the Korean Peninsula and acknowledged the situation was difficult to predict.

"I'm not going to give you what's going to actually happen because we don't really know," Trump added.




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