Former US President Donald Trump has offered North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to return to Pyongyang on the US Air Force 1 presidential plane after their summit in Hanoi in 2019, a BBC documentary reveals.
According to the movie “Trump Takes on the World”, with this proposal, the former US president “surprised even the most experienced diplomats”. Kim has refused, notes AFP.
Trump has offered Kim to return to his country with Airforce One, Matthew Pottinger, an adviser to the former Republican, told the BBC. “The president knew that Kim had arrived in Hanoi after a few days’ train journey through China and said, ‘I can take you home in two hours if you want.’ Kim refused,” Pottinger added.
Had the North Korean leader accepted the offer, his presence (and possibly part of his entourage) aboard a US presidential plane in North Korean airspace would have created many security problems, AFP reported.
Kim arrived for her first meeting with Trump, in Singapore in 2018, aboard a plane borrowed from China. Beijing is determined to maintain its sphere of influence in North Korea, which acts as a buffer between China’s borders and US troops in South Korea. At the meeting in Singapore, Donald Trump showed Kim the presidential car from the inside, demonstrating their rapprochement. After exchanging insults and threats of nuclear war, Kim Jong Un and Trump became quite close, and their meetings were both historical and symbolic. However, no progress has been made on the key issue of Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs, and talks stalled after the resounding failure of the second summit between the two at the end of February 2019 in Hanoi.
One reason for this failure was the lack of consensus on what concessions North Korea should make in exchange for lifting its international sanctions.
Last month, Kim called the United States North Korea’s worst enemy and said Washington’s policy toward Pyongyang would never change whoever is in power in the White House.
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