Trump says he wants to ‘shake hands’ with North Korea’s Kim at DMZ

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. - Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have become on June 12 the first sitting US and North Korean leaders to meet, shake hands and negotiate to end a decades-old nuclear stand-off. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un – on Twitter – to meet him at the fortified frontier that divides North and South Korea.

Mr Trump’s unexpected tweet suggested “saying hello” to Mr Kim during the US leader’s visit to South Korea.

North Korea has described it as a “very interesting suggestion”.

Mr Trump is due in South Korea to discuss the flagging North Korea denuclearisation talks. He flies there from the G20 summit in Japan.

In an apparently spontaneous gesture, Mr Trump mooted a meeting with Mr Kim.

Speaking at the G20 summit in Osaka, Mr Trump gave a few more details, telling reporters he decided on Saturday morning to “put out a feeler” to Mr Kim.

“If he’s there, we’ll see each other for two minutes and that’s fine,” he said in comments to reporters. He was speaking at the start of a working breakfast with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.

He made the comments ahead of key talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping over a tit-for-tat trade war seen as a drag on global growth.

It remains unclear whether officials with Mr Trump were briefed in advance about his overture to the North Korean leader.



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