North Korean official calls Trump idea of meeting 'nonsense'

A top North Korean official is not buying that Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally 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 GrahamSeveral GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Graham says he appreciates Trump orders, but 'would much prefer a congressional agreement' Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief 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 RubioPPP application window closes after coronavirus talks deadlock  The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election US intelligence says Russia seeking to 'denigrate' Biden MORE (R-Fla.), another former presidential candidate, cautioned that “this is not an issue [Trump] has dealt with for a long time."