Trump Willing to Engage N.Korea 'in the Right Conditions'

  • By Kim Jin-myung

    May 19, 2017 12:55

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday told President Moon Jae-in's special envoy in Washington that he would be willing to engage with North Korea "under the right conditions," according to the envoy.

    Hong Seok-hyun told reporters, "President Trump said although we are at the stage of pressure and sanctions, he is willing to make peace through engagement if certain conditions are met."

    Hong, a media mogul, quoted Trump as saying that he will not hold talks for talk's sake but to produce results.

    Trump and Hong spoke in the White House for about 15 minutes and were joined by Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Matthew Pottinger, the senior director for East Asia at the National Security Council. Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, also stopped by.

    Hong Seok-hyun, President Moon Jae-in's special envoy to the U.S., pays tribute at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. /Yonhap

    Trump said he received a "very good impression" of Moon in their May 10 phone conversation and added he hopes to work closely with him.

    One official who was part of the Korean delegation said Trump did not mention sticky issues like the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery that has just been stationed here or the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.

    The Korean delegation met separately with McMaster for about 40 minutes to discuss the North Korean nuclear crisis and THAAD deployment.

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