A BBC documentary series reveals that the former US president offered the North Korean leader to board the presidential plane in 2019. The latter refused.
AIR FORCE ONE – The proposal “stunned even the most seasoned diplomats” and if Kim Jong-Un refused, otherwise his presence aboard the “ Flying White House ” could have raised security concerns, notably at the time of the passage of the official plane through the airspace of North Korea .
In the third and final episode of the BBC documentary film, titled “ Trump Takes on the World ” uploaded this weekend, the former Asia adviser Republican President Matthew Pottinger reveals that Donald Trump “offered Kim Jong Un a return flight on Air Force One” after their summit meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2019.
“I can get you back in 2 hours if you want”
“The president knew Kim had arrived in Hanoi after a multi-day train journey through China and the president said, ‘I can get you home in two hours if you want.’ Kim declined. ” If the North Korean leader had accepted the offer, his presence – and probably that of part of his entourage – on the plane would have been unprecedented for a leader of the military dictatorship
Also according to English radio, Donald Trump then made another gesture that shocked his own team, when he accepted Kim Jong-Un’s request to cancel the joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea. .
After exchanging insults and threats of nuclear war, Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump had made an extraordinary rapprochement, marked by meetings as historic as they were symbolic. But no progress has been made on the thorny issue of Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic programs. And negotiations have stalled since the resounding failure of the second summit between the two men at the end of February 2019 in Hanoi.
One of the reasons for this stalemate has been the lack of consensus on the concessions North Korea should make in exchange for lifting international sanctions against it.
Kim went to his first summit with Donald Trump, in Singapore in 2018, aboard a plane loaned by China, Beijing being determined to keep North Korea, which serves as its sphere of influence, in its sphere of influence. Buffer state between its borders and the American soldiers stationed in the South.
At the Singapore summit, Donald Trump showed Kim the inside of his presidential car – a $ 1.5 million Cadillac nicknamed “The Beast” – in a demonstration of their rapprochement.
Kim last month called the United States “North Korea’s” greatest enemy, adding that Washington’s policy towards Pyongyang “is never going to change,” “whoever is in power” in the United States. United. North Korean official media have yet to refer by name to new US President Joe Biden.