Donald Trump reportedly suggested that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un board the US presidential plane Air Force One to return to Pyongyang after their meeting at the Hanoi summit in 2019, a BBC documentary reports. According to this film, titled Trump Takes on the World («Trump attacks the world“), The former American president”stunned even the most seasoned diplomatsWith this offer, which Kim declined.
«The president knew Kim had arrived in Hanoi after a multi-day train journey through China, and the president said, ‘I can get you home in two hours if you want.’ Kim declinedSays Matthew Pottinger, adviser for Asia to the former Republican president.
If the North Korean leader had accepted the offer, his presence – and probably that of part of his entourage – on board the official plane of the American presidency in the airspace of North Korea would have raised many questions. security concerns.
Kim went to his first summit with Donald Trump, in Singapore in 2018, aboard a plane loaned by China, Beijing being determined to keep in its sphere of influence North Korea, which serves as the Buffer state between its borders and American soldiers stationed in the South. At the Singapore summit, Donald Trump showed Kim the interior of his presidential car – a $ 1.5 million Cadillac dubbed “The Beast» («the beast)– in a demonstration of their rapprochement.
Negotiations stalled since 2019
After exchanging insults and threats of nuclear war, Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump had made an extraordinary rapprochement, marked by meetings as historic as they were symbolic. But no progress has been made on the thorny issue of Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic programs. And negotiations have stalled since the resounding failure of the second summit between the two men at the end of February 2019 in Hanoi.
One of the reasons for this stalemate has been the lack of consensus on what concessions North Korea should make in exchange for lifting international sanctions against it.
Kim last month called the United States “North Korea’s” greatest enemy, adding that Washington’s policy towards Pyongyang “will never change», «whoever is in power” in the USA. North Korean official media have yet to refer by name to new US President Joe Biden.
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