Don­ald Trump Open To Talks With North Korea

MEET WOULD MARK A CHANGE OF US POL­ICY TO­WARDS THE PO­LIT­I­CALLY ISO­LATED REGIME

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US Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump says he is will­ing to meet the North Korean leader to dis­cuss Py­ongyang’s nu­clear pro­gramme. “I would speak to him, I would have no prob­lem speak­ing to him,” the busi­ness­man said of Kim Jong-un. Such a meet­ing would mark a sig­nif­i­cant change of US pol­icy to­wards the po­lit­i­cally iso­lated regime. Demo­cratic front-run­ner Hil­lary Clin­ton re­sponded by de­cry­ing his “bizarre fas­ci­na­tion with for­eign strong­men”. The state­ment, from one of her aides, added that Mr Trump’s for­eign pol­icy “made no sense”. In a sep­a­rate de­vel­op­ment, the

BBC has learned that Mr Trump could visit the UK be­fore the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in Novem­ber.

Diplo­mats ex­pect his visit to the UK could hap­pen af­ter he for­mally be­comes the Repub­li­can party can­di­date at a con­ven­tion in July. Ear­lier this week Mr Trump said “it looks like we’re not go­ing to have a very good re­la­tion­ship” with the UK. Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron, and new Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Khan have harshly crit­i­cised Mr Trump’s pro­posed ban on Mus­lims com­ing to the US. Mr Trump’s com­ments about North Korea emerged in an in­ter­view with Reuters news agency on Tues­day, in which he also ex­pressed dis­ap­proval of Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin’s mil­i­tary ac­tions in eastern Ukraine. Mr Putin is a fig­ure who Mr Trump has pre­vi­ously said he re­spects. On the sub­ject of North Korea, the New York prop­erty de­vel­oper said he would pur­sue face-to-face talks and added that he would also put pres­sure on China, as North Korea’s only ma­jor ally.

North Korea first tested nu­clear weapons in 2006, in breach of in­ter­na­tional agree­ments, and has made re­peated threats of nu­clear strikes against South Korea and the US. Cur­rently, any con­tact be­tween with the US hap­pens be­tween of­fi­cials, not at a pres­i­den­tial level. In the Reuters in­ter­view, Mr Trump also called for a rene­go­ti­a­tion of the Paris cli­mate agree­ment, in which more than 170 coun­tries pledged to re­duce car­bon emis­sions.

Demo­cratic fron­trun­ner Hil­lary Clin­ton re­sponded by de­cry­ing his “bizarre fas­ci­na­tion with for­eign strong­men”.

Don­ald Trump (left), North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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