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Matthew Pottinger, former deputy national security adviser specializing in Asian policy, told the BBC that Trump made the offer after negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear program ended during the February 2019 meeting without significant progress.
“President Trump gave Kim a lift on Air Force One. The president knew Kim had arrived for a multi-day train ride through China to Hanoi and the president said, ‘I can get you home in two hours if you want.’ Kim refused, ”Pottinger told the news agency.
The previously unreported offer marks the first time that a North Korean leader or senior official has been invited aboard the presidential plane.
Other former Trump administration officials have detailed the unprecedented flippancy of conversations between Trump and Kim at the Hanoi summit and a previous summit in Singapore.
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The former president’s summits with Kim and his visit to the demilitarized zone were seen at the time as the first real conversations between the United States and North Korea, but ultimately failed to bring about change. important in US-North Korean relations or on the status of the North Korean missile. program.
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