A new BBC documentary revealed that former US President Donald Trump offered North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to board Air Force One to return to Pyongyang after the Hanoi summit two years ago.
Kim and Trump first got involved in quarrels and exchanged threats, before their relationship was overwhelmed by the heat to hold peaks that attracted great attention and Trump expresses his love for Kim.
But no progress was achieved, as negotiations between them reached a dead end after their meeting in Hanoi ended in a dispute over sanctions relief and concessions that Pyongyang would be willing to offer in return.
According to the documentary “Trump Sweeps the World,” the US president shocked even the most experienced diplomat when he offered Kim to board the US presidential plane after the 2019 summit in Vietnam.
Had Kim accepted the offer, he would have boarded the plane with some close to him that would have entered North Korean airspace, which raises many question marks on the security front, but Kim refused the offer.
“President Trump offered Kim to board his Air Force One plane,” Matthew Pottinger, chief Asia expert at the Trump National Security Council, told the BBC.
“The president learned that Kim arrived on a days-long train journey through China to Hanoi, and the president said I can drive you to your country within two hours if you want, and Kim refused.”
At Trump’s first summit in Singapore in 2018, Kim boarded a China Airlines flight as Beijing struggled to keep North Korea within its sphere of influence.
At the Singapore summit, Trump showed the North Korean leader the interior of the presidential Cadillac car, estimated at one and a half million dollars, and is known as “the beast”, in an expression of courtship between them.
But Kim said last month that the United States is his country’s “biggest enemy” that possesses a nuclear weapon, adding that “Washington’s policy towards North Korea will never change regardless of who is in power.” The North Korean media has not yet mentioned the new American president. Joe Biden by name.
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