President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE on Tuesday said that North and South Korea have his “blessing” as the two countries plan to meet to discuss a potential end to their decades-long war.
“South Korea is meeting and has plans to meet with North Korea to see if they can end the war and they have my blessing on that,” Trump told reporters in Palm Beach, Fla., alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “They do have my blessing to discuss the end of the war.”
Trump’s comments came amid reports that officials from both Koreas are in discussion to announce an end to their military conflict at a summit meeting next week between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The president claimed credit for the development, saying Kim and Moon would not be discussing peace “without us and without me, in particular.”
If it were to happen, the announcement would be a watershed moment. The countries have technically been at war since 1950. North and South Korea signed an armistice agreement in 1953 but never agreed to end the war.
The countries are divided by a demilitarized buffer zone, which has been the scene of violent tensions in the ensuing years.
The Korean summit could set the stage for a possible meeting between Trump and Kim as early as next month to discuss their nuclear standoff.
Trump said the meeting could take place “probably in early June or before that” but also raised the possibility it will not happen at all.
“It’s possible things won’t go well and we won’t have the meetings and we’ll just continue to go along this very strong path we’re taking,” he said.
Abe is anxious over Trump's decision to meet with Kim and has made it clear he wants any agreement to ensure Japanese security.
He is expected to bring up those concerns with Trump during their two-day meeting at the president's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.
The two leaders are also expected to discuss trade tensions and play a round of golf at one of Trump's courses in the area.
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