Jimmy Carter offers to visit North Korea for denuclearization talks

Jimmy Carter offers to visit North Korea for denuclearization talks
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Former President Carter has offered to travel to North Korea in an attempt to broker an agreement with Kim Jong Un, a California congressman said Thursday.

Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaMarkey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes MORE (D-Calif.) told CNN that Carter had made the suggestion to him during a recent meeting between the two Democrats as part of their joint effort on what Khanna called "a joint framework to help resolve the crisis in North Korea and achieve peace" on Twitter.

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"I think President Carter can help [President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE] for the sake of the country," Khanna told CNN. "I think it would be so profound because he could talk to Kim Jong Un about his grandfather and the framework he established."

He added on Twitter that the two are hoping to create a step-by-step framework for achieving a lasting peace and relationship with North Korea.

"Our plan will be inspired by the agreement on principles he reached with Kim Il-sung in 1994," Khanna wrote.

 

The meeting between the two and Carter's reported offer to Trump comes as the president's summit with Kim ended last week without a major agreement to further pursue denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, which the two agreed to work toward last year during an initial summit in Singapore.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill on the former president's offer.

Reports from South Korean media suggest that new activity has been reported at North Korean missile sites since the summit ended and that some planned deconstruction of a nuclear test site had been reversed.