REPUBLICAN presidential candidate Donald Trump may be happy to sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but the feelings are not mutual.
A North Korean envoy rejected Trump’s offer, calling it “useless” and accusing Trump of making it as a type of “propaganda or advertisement”.
Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for the upcoming American presidential elections, said in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters last week that he would be willing to talk to Kim about North Korea’s nuclear program.
When asked if he would try to stop the program, Trump said: “I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him.”
So Se Pyong, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, told Reuters: “It is up to the decision of my Supreme Leader (Kim Jong-un) whether he decides to meet or not, but I think his (Trump’s) idea or talk is nonsense.”
So, who spoke to Reuters upon returning from Pyongyang from North Korea’s first ruling party congress in 36 years, said Trump’s offer was meaningless and was merely a “gesture” to get him more votes in the election.
“It’s for the utilization for the presidential election, that’s all. A kind of propaganda or advertisement,” he said. “There is no meaning, no sincerity.”
Trump’s comments signal a change in the way the U.S. deals with the hermit kingdom, as it currently has no diplomatic relations with North Korea and only engages with it via a Swedish embassy when necessary.
However, Trump has always expressed an alarming admiration for the North Korean leader, who has been dubbed the “Great Sun of the 21st Century” by state media.
According to CNN, Trump referred to Kim as a “maniac” but “you gotta give him credit” for his brutal strategy in eliminating opponents.
So told Reuters that Pyongyang is still open to talks on its nuclear program.
He said that as a “responsible nuclear state”, North Korea would only use their weapons if the U.S. used theirs first.
“If the U.S. gives up their hostile policies and changes their attitude, then we also [can] have relations as a normal country,” he added.