Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Trump “offered Kim Jong-un a return flight on Air Force One”


Donald Trump proposed to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to 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.

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According to this film, titled Trump Takes on the World (Trump attacks the world), the former US president “stunned even the most seasoned diplomats” with this offer, which Kim turned down.

“President Trump offered Kim a return flight on Air Force One,” Matthew Pottinger, Asia’s adviser to the former Republican president, told the BBC, which reported the information over the weekend. .

“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 declined his offer. “

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 North Korea, which serves as its sphere of influence. Buffer state between its borders and American soldiers stationed in South Korea.

At the Singapore summit, Donald Trump showed Kim the interior of his presidential car – a $ 1.5 million Cadillac, nicknamed “The Beast” – in a demonstration of their rapprochement.

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 “is never going to change,” “whoever is in power” in the United States. United.

North Korean state media have yet to refer by name to the new US president, Joe Biden.



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