President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un are planning for a historic meeting as early as next month to continue negotiations on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
Few details concerning the meeting have been released, including the location of the meeting and who else would be attending with the two leaders.
Trump recently dropped a hint about a potential location he is considering, per ABC News:
President Donald Trump is questioning whether a potential meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could be held in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Koreas.
Trump says on Twitter Monday: “Numerous countries are being considered for the MEETING, but would Peace House/Freedom House, on the Border of North & South Korea, be a more Representative, Important and Lasting site than a third party country? Just asking!”
Trump said over the weekend that the time and location of the meeting with Kim are being set. It is tentatively scheduled for May or early June.
While each of the two leaders have ruled out meeting in the other’s respective country, a meeting at the DMZ would be significant.
“Numerous countries are being considered for the MEETING, but would Peace House/Freedom House, on the Border of North & South Korea, be a more Representative, Important and Lasting site than a third party country? Just asking,” Trump tweeted on Monday morning.
Numerous countries are being considered for the MEETING, but would Peace House/Freedom House, on the Border of North & South Korea, be a more Representative, Important and Lasting site than a third party country? Just asking!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2018
And, via Washington Examiner:
White House national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday that the administration is still working to choose an appropriate location.
“Well we need to agree on a place and that remains an issue,” Bolton told “Fox News Sunday.”
Bolton also told CBS News that the White House is looking at using Libya as an example of how North Korea could build trust with other nations.
“One thing that Libya did that led us to overcome our skepticism was that they allowed American and British observers into all their nuclear related sites. So it wasn’t a question of relying on international mechanisms. We saw them in ways we had never seen before,” Bolton said.
Kim met South Korean leader Moon Jae-in last week, becoming the first North Korean leader to touch South Korean soil since 1953. During the meeting, North Korea reportedly vowed to denuclearize the nation’s test sites.
.@AmbJohnBolton: “President Moon of South Korea for example has been very clear that…the economic pressure, the political military pressure that President @realDonaldTrump has put on North Korea, we would not be where we are today.” #FoxNewsSunday pic.twitter.com/PyLAWyK2o7
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 29, 2018
Ahead of the highly anticipated meeting, there have already been international calls for Trump to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Business Insider reports:
President Donald Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the standoff with North Korea over its nuclear-weapons program, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday.
“President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize. What we need is only peace,” Moon told a cabinet meeting, according to a media release.
Moon met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday, where the pair pledged to end hostilities and work toward the “complete denuclearization” at the first inter-Korean summit since 2007.
The recent outpouring of diplomacy from North Korea follows Trump’s first year in office, during which he frequently traded nuclear threats with Pyongyang, threatening at different times to rain down “fire and fury” and to “totally destroy” North Korea.
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.@LindseyGrahamSC: “President Trump, if he can lead us to ending the Korean War… and getting North Korea to give up their nuclear program, in a verifiable way, deserves the Nobel peace prize and then some.” pic.twitter.com/bPtuO3KBfl
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 30, 2018