One year after threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea, the US president said he is open to meet Kim again.
During a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the New York’s United Nations headquarters, Mr Trump said: «Chairman Kim has been really very open and terrific, frankly.
“I think he wants to see something happen.»
The US president said Mr Moon brought him a personal message from Kim, adding the North Korean leader was hoping to meet with him soon.
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo is working on the details of the next meeting, including the location, according to Mr Trump.
The news comes one year after the US president called Kim a “little rocket man” on a “suicide mission”.
As tensions between the US and North Korea were reaching new highs and months before the historic summit in Singapore, Mr Trump told the plenary assembly of the UN: “No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles.
“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.
“Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.
“The United States is ready, willing, and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.
“That’s what the United Nations is all about.
“That’s what the United Nations is for. Let’s see how they do.”
Kim didn’t hold back, lashing out at Mr Trump and his threats, saying the president would “pay dearly” for his words.
Today the US president said the days of tensions between Pyongyang and Washington are long behind them.
Mr Trump said: «It was a different world.
«That was a dangerous time.
«This is one year later, a much different time.»
The pair met for the first time in June, where they signed a loose agreement, seeing North Korea committing to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula and the US to provide security guarantees to Pyongyang, including help to build a lasting and stable peace regime.
Mr Trump will deliver his speech to the General Assembly on Tuesday.
He will also chair the Security Council for the first time on Wednesday.
But the US president is not a blind supporter of the UN, an association he said doesn’t “live up to” its potential.
He said: «It’s always been surprising to me that more things aren’t resolved, because you have all of these countries getting together in one location but it doesn’t seem to get there.
«I think it will.»