The US President « amazed even the most seasoned diplomats » by offering Kim an elevator home on Air Force One after the 2019 Vietnam Summit.
Published: February 22, 2021 3:50 PM |
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North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (left) and US President Donald Trump (right) (file photo | AP)
SEOUL: Donald Trump offered North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after a summit in Hanoi two years ago following a new BBC documentary on a trip home on Air Force One.
Kim and Trump first waged a war of words and mutual threats before an extraordinary diplomatic bromance, high-profile summit meetings and a declaration of love by the former US president included. However, no significant progress was made as the process stalled after the couple’s meeting in Hanoi stalled over sanction easing and the fact that Pyongyang would be willing to give up in return.
According to a BBC Documentary, « Trump Takes on the World », the US President has « astounded even the most seasoned diplomats » by offering Kim a lift home on Air Force One after the Vietnam Summit in 2019.
If Kim does Had accepted the offer, it would have put the North Korean leader – and likely part of his entourage – on the US President’s official plane and seen it enter North Korean airspace, posing several security issues.
In the event, declined Kim off it. « President Trump offered Kim to take Air Force One home, » Matthew Pottinger, the leading Asia expert on Trump’s National Security Council, told the BBC, it was reported over the weekend. « The president knew that Kim had arrived in Hanoi on a multi-day train journey through China, and the president said, ‘I can get you home in two hours if you want.’ Kim refused. «
At his first summit meeting with Trump in Singapore in 2018, Kim took a flight with Air China. Beijing wanted North Korea – whose existence as a buffer state keeps US troops in the south of China’s borders away – within its sphere of influence.
During the summit in Singapore, Trump gave Kim a glimpse into his presidential car – a $ 1.5 million -Cadillac, aka « The Beast » – on a show of their new friendly relationship. But last month Kim said the US was the « greatest enemy » of his nuclear-armed nation, adding that Washington’s « policy against North Korea » would never « change » who is in power.
The official North Korean ones The media have not yet named Joe Biden, who defeated Trump in last year’s elections, as US President.
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