United States President, Donald Trump, says he would be willing to meet North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in the right circumstances.
“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would – absolutely. I would be honoured to do it,” Trump told Bloomberg on Monday.
The White House in a statement after Trump’s remarks, said North Korea would need to meet many conditions before any meeting between the two leaders could take place.
Spokesman Sean Spicer said Washington wanted to see the North end its provocative behaviour immediately.
“Clearly conditions are not there right now,” he added.
The comment, amid escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear programme, came a day after Trump labelled Jong-un “a pretty smart cookie”.
Trump told CBS News that “At a very young age, he was able to assume power. A lot of people, I’m sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else. And he was able to do it. So obviously, he’s a pretty smart cookie”.
“But we have a situation that we just cannot let; we cannot let what’s been going on for a long period of years continue,” he added.
North Korea, last week, threatened to sink an American aircraft carrier beginning joint drills with two Japanese destroyers in the western Pacific Ocean.
North Korea’s state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun said in an editorial the country is ready to illustrate its “military force” by sinking a “nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike.”
The state newspaper claimed to have weaponry which “can reach continental US and Asia Pacific region” and the “absolute weapon” hydrogen bomb.