US President Donald Trump arrives with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to speak to the media following the Congressional Republican Leadership retreat at Camp David, Maryland, US, Jan. 6, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
Washington (People's Daily) - US President Trump said at Camp David during the US president’s retreat on January 6 that he would not refuse "a phone call" with Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un.
"Sure, I always believe in talking," he answered at the press conference when asked if he was open to having a phone conversation with DPRK's Kim Jong Un. "Absolutely I would do that, no problem with that at all," he added.
Although Trump competes on Twitter with Kim regarding the "nuclear button" earlier this week, after this speech, some believe the phone lines at the White House are open if Kim wants to talk.
DPRK and Republic of Korea (ROK), known as North Korea and South Korea, plan to hold high-level diplomatic talks for the first time next week. Trump told the press he had a phone call with Moon Jae-in, ROK president, and mentioned he would like to see North Korea "getting involved" in the Pyeongchang Olympic Games. "I hope it works out. I very much want to see it work out between the two countries," he said.
Cautiously he added that the willingness to talk doesn’t mean there are no prerequisites coming to the table. He declared that the stance of the US is already well known to the world, and the US is and will be very firm on the issue.
Trump pointed out to Kim Jong Un that, "He knows I'm not messing around. I'm not messing around. Not even a little bit. Not even 1 percent. He understands that."