WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Monday that he is intrigued by the concept of meeting North Korean President Kim Jong Un in the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, particularly if the talks go well.
“If things work out there is a great celebration to be had on the site, not in a third-party country,” Trump said during a joint press conference with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
Trump said that the U.S. is continuing to look at other locations, specifically naming Singapore, but that he has discussed the possibility of the DMZ with South and North Korean leaders.
Prior to Monday’s press conference, Trump tweeted that the meeting could be held at the Peace House or Freedom House in the DMZ’s neutral area.
Numerous countries are being considered for the MEETING, but would Peace House/Freedom House, on the Border of North & South Korea, be a more Representative, Important and Lasting site than a third party country? Just asking!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2018
A date for the meeting has not yet been announced, but Trump has previously said that he expects it to take place in May or early June.
It comes on the heels of Kim announcing that his country will halt missile tests and close down one testing facility, but the U.S. has maintained that the ultimate goal must be North Korea’s full denuclearization.