New Delhi, Jan 07: US President Donald Trump has said that he was absolutely open to hold talks with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un over nuclear programme but not without preconditions. “We have a very firm stance. But I absolutely would do that, I always believe in talking,” Trump said when asked about his willingness to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a press conference at Camp David over the Republican’s 2018 agenda. Also Read - Potential Talks With Kim in Three or Four Weeks: Donald Trump
On being asked if he would sit down to negotiate with the North Korean leader with no prerequisites, Trump said “That’s not what I said, at all”. His statement came amid mounting concerns that rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula could escalate into a military confrontation“, reported The Washington Post. Also Read - North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un Revives Guam Threat Ahead of US-South Korea Drills
When asked about the upcoming Pyongchang Winter Olympics Trump said,”Look, right now they’re talking Olympics. It’s a start. It’s a big start. If I weren’t involved they wouldn’t be talking about Olympics right now. They’d be doing no talking or it would be much more serious. He (Kim) knows I’m not messing around. Not even a little bit. Not even 1 per cent. He understands that.” Also Read - Russia And Others 'May Have' Meddled in US Elections, says President Donald Trump Ahead of G-20 Summit
The US president had recently been engaged in a war of words with the North Korean leader on Twitter. He had hit back at Kim Jong-un by saying that he too has a nuclear button on his desk, which was much bigger and powerful than his.
(With inputs from agencies)