We are getting closer to the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un, and US president has suggested that he would like to hold the meeting at the border between South and North Korea. Trump tweeted: “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!”
When he met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, at the joint news conference, Trump said that his proposal has had a mixed reception. He stated: “I think that some people maybe don’t like the look of that and some people like it very much. I threw it out today as an idea.”
The South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been informed that the potential meeting would take place in the demilitarized zone. Trump added: “There’s something I like about it because you’re there. You’re actually there. Where if things work out there’s a great celebration to be had on the site, not in a third party country.”
Last week, the potential meeting place was narrowed to two countries according to Trump, and the US officials prefer Singapore to the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas. The negotiations over the site have started since the two leaders agreed to meet and some other locations, which have been disregarded in the meantime, included cities in Europe, Mongolia and Southeast Asia.
For the US officials, meeting at the Peace House was not an option because Trump would have to travel around the world whereas Kim would be there instantly. However, after Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-Un met here, Trump considered it to be a great place to hold the talks, White House officials report. During the meeting between the Korean leaders, Kim became the first North Korean who crossed into the South Korean territory since 1953, but Moon also stepped into the North for a moment.