Trump hints US-North Korea summit's location to be Peace House
- Author: Leroy Wright May 01, 2018,
May 01, 2018, 9:04
A groundbreaking meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-In ended in promises of a denuclearized peninsula and peace between the two nations late last week, raising hopes for continued reconciliation in the contentious region during expected talks between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.
North Korean leader Kim has been "very open, and very straightforward so far", Trump continued.
Now, commentators and others in Seoul think Trump deserves a Nobel Prize for helping start the unexpected peace process unfolding on the divided Korean Peninsula.
"The Cabinet in cooperation with the new panel has to proceed with necessary tasks in a calm and orderly manner", he said.
The leaders walked over the demarcation line that divides their countries.
The news comes after Kim reportedly told South Korean President Moon Jae-in he was "ready for dialogue with Japan at any time".
"He gives us all the credit", Trump said Saturday during a rally in MI during which he was cheered with chants of "Nobel", referencing the Nobel Peace Prize.
Kim Dae-jung championed the so-called Sunshine policy of engagement with North Korea, and won the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize after engineering the first inter-Korean summit with former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
President Trump who has supported the denuclearization of North Korea has not yet commented upon the North-South Korean summit.
The Nobel Peace Prize is one of six awards given yearly by the Nobel Committee.
Previous winners of the Nobel Peace Prize have included Mr Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai and Nelson Mandela.
As The Independent notes, Moon previously said Trump "deserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks".
"The government will steadily implement the inter-Korean summit agreement and ensure that we will produce visible results", he added. Trump wrote on Twitter.
And when Kim talked alone with Moon, without aides, he sought Moon's advice for his coming talks with Trump, they said.
"Maybe it will be wonderful".
While Trump said "numerous countries" are in the mix, last week he said only two or or three sites are being considered.
Addressing a joint press conference with his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari, Trump confirmed that Singapore was under consideration as a location, but - following on from a morning tweet - said the DMZ should be given strong consideration.
"Trump will come away from the meeting thinking that he has somehow emotionally connected with a North Korean", he said, "and be more prone to giving North Korea concessions".