Tuesday, February 23, 2021

‘Trump offered Kim Jong-un lift in Air Force One’ | Abroad


Former US President Donald Trump has offered North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a ride in Air Force One. That happened after their summit in Vietnam, according to a new BBC documentary.




The men had talked about the North Korean nuclear program in Hanoi in 2019. The summit did not lead to a breakthrough, but it did lead to a remarkable offer from Trump. He reportedly offered to fly the dictator home in his presidential plane.

Trump knew Kim would have had to take a long train journey to get to the top. “The president said,” I can take you home in two hours. ” Kim refused, ”former US National Security Council top employee Matthew Pottinger told the BBC.

The then president is said to have surprised even the most experienced diplomats with that offer. Had Kim accepted, the dictator and his employees would have seen Air Force One inside. The plane with Trump may also have had to fly into North Korean airspace. That would have led to all kinds of security problems.

Former President Donald Trump and his wife Melania just before boarding Air Force One, the presidential plane. © EPA

Stuck

Trump sought historic rapprochement with North Korea during his term in the White House. The then president wanted the country to dismantle its nuclear and missile program in exchange for relaxation of international sanctions, but little or nothing came of that. According to the United Nations, the Pyongyang regime maintained and even further developed its nuclear and ballistic missile programs last year.

Since the Hanoi summit in 2019, negotiations between the two countries have stalled. In particular, Washington and Pyongyang disagreed on the concessions North Korea should make in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Partly because of those sanctions and the closing of the borders due to the corona pandemic, the country is facing a serious economic crisis.

Biden

The day before President Joe Biden took office, North Korea launched a new long-range missile at a military parade, which state media described as “the most powerful weapon in the world.” Kim also called the United States North Korea’s “worst enemy” last month, adding that Washington’s policy on Pyongyang “will never change” no matter who is in the White House.

Observers state that Kim wants to put pressure on the Americans to return to the negotiating table with this threatening language and military display. President Biden is still considering his Korea strategy, government officials recently said.

Last October, Kim Jong-un also presented an intercontinental missile:




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