Trump says it's not right time to visit Pyongyang: Yonhap

Lim Chang-won Reporter() | Posted : September 17, 2019, 08:22 | Updated : September 17, 2019, 08:22

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump said it is not the right time to visit Pyongyang after a newspaper reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un invited him for what would be their third summit.

Trump said last week that he expected to meet Kim again "at some point" this year. The South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo reported Monday that Kim invited Trump to Pyongyang in a letter sent in August.

"I don't want to comment on that," Trump told reporters at the White House when asked if he was invited. Asked if he would be willing to go to North Korea, he said: "Probably not. I don't think it's ready. I don't think we're ready for that. I would do it some time, at some time at a later future."

Trump and Kim have had three meetings to negotiate the dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear weapons program in exchange for U.S. economic and political concessions. "Depending on what happens, I'm sure he'll love coming to the United States also, but no, I don't think it's ready for that," Trump said of Kim. "I think we have a ways to go yet."

The first summit took place in Singapore in June 2018 and the second in Vietnam in February, which ended without a deal. A third impromptu meeting inside the Demilitarized Zone on the inter-Korean border on June 30 produced an agreement to resume working-level negotiations that have not happened.
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