President Trump on Sunday said teams from the US and North Korea will get together in the coming weeks to restart nuclear negotiations and appeared receptive to inviting regime leader Kim Jong Un to the White House.
“We are going to have teams, they are going to meet over the next weeks, they are going to start a process, and we will see what happens,” Trump told reporters after his nearly hour-long meeting with Kim at the Demilitarized Zone.
Trump, the first sitting president to cross into North Korea at the contested border with South Korea, also said he’s open to the possibility of Kim coming to America.
Asked by reporters if made an offer to Kim to visit the White House, Trump said, “I would certainly extend the invite.”
The president said he told Kim “at the right time, you’re going to come over,” adding “at some point” it will happen.
He also suggested that he might remove some of the crippling economic sanctions he slapped on North Korea to get the regime to curb its nuclear weapons development.
“The sanctions remain but at some point during the negotiations, things can happen,” Trump said.
Sunday’s closed-door meeting between Trump and Kim was their third and the first since negotiations collapsed after February’s summit in Vietnam without an agreement.
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