Osaka, Jun 29 : US President Donald Trump made an extraordinary public offer on Saturday to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, inviting him to shake hands 'and say hello' in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.
The invitation came in a tweet, as Trump wrapped up meetings with other world leaders at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.
Trump said if Kim was interested he'd be open to a greeting on the border.
"After some very important meetings, including my meeting with President Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea with President Moon. While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!" Trump wrote.
Trump is due to arrive in Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday evening, and is scheduled for talks with the South Korean President on Sunday before returning to Washington.
The president characterized the invite as a last-minute idea, and worked to limit expectations."I just thought of it this morning," Trump told reporters, during a photo opp on the sidelines of the G20. "I just put out a feeler because I don't know where he is right now. He may not be in North Korea."
There had already been speculation Trump would visit the DMZ during his weekend trip to South Korea. He tried to visit the heavily guarded border in 2017 but was foiled by bad weather.Trump and Kim met in February in Hanoi, Vietnam, to talk about denuclearization. It ended abruptly with no deal.But since then they've said nice things about each other in public. Last week, Kim said he'd received a letter with "excellent content" from Trump. A couple of weeks earlier Trump said Kim had sent him a "beautiful" letter for the president's 73rd birthday.UNI