North Korean official calls Trump idea of meeting 'nonsense'

A top North Korean official is not buying that Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE is sincere about meeting Kim Jong Un, his nation’s leader.

“It is up to the decision of my Supreme Leader whether he decides to meet or not, but I think [Trump’s] idea of talk is nonsense,” said So Se Pyong, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations, according to Reuters.


“It’s for utilization of the presidential election, that is all,” So added of the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee. "This is useless, just a gesture for the presidential election. A kind of propaganda or advertisement. There is no meaning, no sincerity.”

Trump suggested last week that he would meet Kim in an effort to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.

“I would speak to him,” the real estate tycoon said. "I would have no problem speaking to him.”

Trump also said that he would make China a key partner in dealing with North Korea and its often erratic behavior.

“At the same time I would put a lot of pressure on China because economically we have tremendous power over China,” he said.

Trump later clarified that his overtures to Kim did not include visiting the reclusive leader’s Asian nation, however.

“I wouldn’t go to North Korea, Joe, I wouldn’t go there,” he said last Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe." "The last thing I’d do is go. I would never go to North Korea.”

Critics from both sides of the aisle have criticized Trump’s remarks, arguing that meeting Kim would undermine decades spent isolating North Korea.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSpokesperson says Tennessee Democrat made 'poor analogy' in saying South Carolina voters have extra chromosome Former Graham challenger Jaime Harrison launches political action committee The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience MORE (R-S.C.), one of Trump’s former GOP presidential primary rivals, said last Friday that meeting Kim would be a “big mistake.”

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio signals opposition to Biden Cabinet picks Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks GOP senator congratulates Biden, says Trump should accept results MORE (R-Fla.), another former presidential candidate, cautioned that “this is not an issue [Trump] has dealt with for a long time."