The United States President, Donald Trump has suggested that a meeting between the US and North Korea is likely possible in “three or four weeks”.
“We’ll have a meeting over the next three or four weeks,” Trump announced during a rally in Michigan, which was held yesterday. The rally coincided with the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which he skipped for the second consecutive year.
Trump, it is reported, spoke with the South Korean President, Moon Jae-In earlier and mentioned it in his speech. He said that the South Korean leader credited him for the apparent progress with North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un.
“He gives us tremendous credit. He gives us all the credit,” Trump said.
At the campaign-style rally in Michigan, people chanted ‘Nobel’ suggesting that the US President be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize as he started to talk about North Korea.
Expressing gratitude, Trump replied to the crowd chants of “Nobel, Nobel, Nobel,” saying, “That’s very nice, thank you. That’s very nice.”
“I just want to get the job done,” he added.
The President added, “we are not playing games” when it comes to North Korea and “Peace is going to keep us out of Nuclear war.”
Trump, last year, became the first president to skip the event since Ronald Reagan in 1981; Reagan was recovering from an assassination bid. Even then, Reagan called in to make a few jokes.
The dinner, is also referred to as “nerd prom,” amasses journalists and government officials to celebrate the First Amendment.
The White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Trump encouraged his staff to attend this year’s bash.
“The President encouraged his staff and all of us to attend and so we did, and we felt like it was important for us to come out and be here,” Sanders said.
Trump often uses the word “fake” to describe media, which is critical of him.
All this comes in the backdrop of the historic summit between the two Korean leaders, North Korea’s, Kim Jong-un and the South Korea’s, Moon Jae-in. They had ended the summit with a glimmer of hope and a positive note in Panmunjom.
Trump also said that the world was saved from a potential disaster. He credited the Olympics and North Korea’s participation that helped to turn things around.
To begin with, Kim became the first-ever North Korean leader to step on the South Korean soil, when he took a step at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), the world’s most heavily guarded border, separating the two countries. He then shook hands with Moon, which was the first-ever meeting between them after the Korean War ended in 1953.
The inter-Korean summit was also unique as it was the first time in over a decade that it was being held. The previous two summits were held in 2000 and 2007 in Pyongyang. It was also the first time that the summit was being held in South Korea.
The Korean War between the two countries took place between 1950-53, which ended with a ceasefire and signing of an armistice agreement.
Technically, both the countries are still at war since no peace treaty has been signed between them.
In a joint declaration after the talks, the two leaders officially inaugurated a document formally called the ‘Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification on the Korean Peninsula.’
The declaration read, “The two leaders solemnly declare that there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula and a new era of peace has begun,” it is reported.
The two Koreas agreed to sign a peace treaty formally later this year, ending the six-decades-old war between the two countries.
Moon also reiterated that it marked the rise of “a new era of peace”.
The South Korean President is also slated to visit Pyongyang later this year, according to a statement released by his office.
Many countries such as China, Russia and Japan and the United Nations (UN) have praised the outcome and positivity of the successful summit. They hoped for ending of hostilities and pressing for peace, denuclearisation and reconciliation of the Korean Peninsula.