Donald Trump on Monday tweeted a suggestion that his planned meeting with Kim Jong-un could take place at the Peace House on the border between North and South Korea, the same site as Kim’s historic meeting last week with South Korean president Moon Jae-in.
Moon, meanwhile, suggested that Trump should win the Nobel peace prize for his efforts to end the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang.
“Numerous countries are being considered for the MEETING,” Trump wrote on Twitter, “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?
The president’s breezy message followed on the heels of a tweet in which he complained about a comedian’s routine at the White House correspondents’ dinner in Washington on Saturday. The event was “a total disaster and an embarrassment” he wrote, adding: “FAKE NEWS is alive and well and beautifully represented.”
On Sunday, some of Trump’s key advisers counselled caution on North Korea, despite the historic events of last week and conciliatory messages coming out of Pyongyang about possible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, the expressed aim of the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” policy.
The new national security adviser, John Bolton, a noted hawk, told CBS: “What we want to see from them is evidence that it’s real and not just rhetoric.”
The new secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, who as CIA director met Kim in North Korea at Easter, told ABC the administration would not be fooled.
“We know the history, we know the risks,” he said. “We’re going to negotiate in a different way than before, we’re going to require steps that demonstrate denuclearization is going to be achieved. We’re not going to take promises or words, we are going to look for actions and deeds.”