Former US President Donald Trump has proposed to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to board the Air Force One presidential plane to return to Pyongyang after their meeting at the 2019 Hanoi summit.
According to a BBC documentary entitled “Trump Takes on the World”, the former US president “stunned even the most experienced diplomats” with this offer, which Kim refused.
According to the film, entitled “Trump Takes on the World”, the former US president “stunned even the most experienced diplomats” with this offer, which Kim refused.
“President Trump has proposed to Kim a return flight with Air Force One,” Matthew Pottinger, the former Republican president’s adviser to Asia, told the BBC over the weekend.
“The president knew that Kim had arrived in Hanoi after a several-day train journey through China, and the president told her, ‘I can see you going home in two hours if you want.’ Kim refused, “he said.
Had the North Korean leader accepted the offer, his presence – and probably that of part of his entourage – on board the official US presidency plane in North Korean airspace would have raised many security concerns.
Kim traveled to his first summit with Trump, which took place in Singapore in 2018, aboard a plane borrowed from China, with Beijing determined to keep North Korea, which is a buffer state within its borders, and American soldiers stationed in South Korea.
At the Singapore summit, Tump showed Kim the inside of his presidential car – a $ 1.5 million Cadillac nicknamed “The Beast” – as a demonstration of their closeness.
After exchanging insults and threats of nuclear war, Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump began a unique rapprochement, marked by both historical and symbolic encounters. However, no progress has been made on the sensitive case of Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic programs.
And negotiations are at a standstill since the resounding failure of the second summit between the two leaders, which took place in February 2019 in Hanoi.
One of the causes of this stalemate was the lack of consensus on the concessions that Pyongyang should make in exchange for lifting international sanctions against it.
Last month, Kim called the United States North Korea’s “greatest enemy,” adding that Washington’s policy toward Pyongyang “will never change,” “regardless of who is in power.”
North Korean official media have not yet made any direct reference to the new US President Joe Biden.
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