As the North Korean tension heightens, President Trump in a recent interview with Bloomberg says he would not mind sitting for a dialogue with North Korean president, Kim Jong Un.
The president did not also fail to say that the meeting will have to be “under the right circumstance”.
Indicating an interest in meeting with the radical 33-year old Asian president appears controversial to many.
Historical records show that since the Korean war in 1953, no US president has ever met with North Korean leaders.
However once in the year 2000, the then US secretary of state, Madeleine Albright met Kim’s father, Kim Jong-il.
During his campaign, Trump welcomed the possibility of a dialogue with North Korea. He also added that unlike the usual classy dinners, he would serve him “a hamburger on a conference table”.
Donald Trump is as radical as unpredictable. Before the Syrian clash that damaged any chances of diplomatic relations with Russia, everyone feared the 2 most powerful men in the world would be best buddies; but that has not happened yet.
As far as North Korea’s missile testings is concerned, President Trump has always had a tough response.
In an exclusive Reuters interview Trump warned thus:
“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,”
Supporting that, the United States and its ally, South Korea teamed up in missile drills showing off readiness for any attack from North Korea.
At the moment the U.S anti-missile system is now operational in South Korea.
China has registered its reservation over the US missile system in South Korea.
The US government has categorically stated that “all options were on the table” in terms of the North Korean tension. In other words the United States is ready for North Korea in whatever measure deemed necessary.
President Trump has been quoted to say:
“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely,”
“I would be honored to do it. If it’s under … the right circumstances. But I would do that.”
“Most political people would never say that,”
“But I’m telling you under the right circumstances I would meet with him. We have breaking news.”
Yesterday, the White House press secretary Sean Spicer, remarked that the US would only consider the dialogue option if the Asian country first retracts its steps.
“We’ve got to see their provocative behavior ratcheted down immediately,”
“Clearly, the conditions are not there right now.”
Trump is totally aware that the North Korean tension can explode into an ugly war at any moment. He likens the current situation to the Americn civil war.
He believes the war could have been averted if dialogue was prioritized chosen over war.