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Donald Trump willing to make peace with North Korea

India TV News Desk New Delhi 18 May 2017, 11:54:38 IST
India TV News Desk

A top diplomat of South Korea has revealed that US President Donald Trump is willing to make peace with North Korea if the conditions are right.

South Korea’s special envoy Hong Seok-hyun said this after his 15-minute meeting with US President Donald Trump on Thursday in Washington.

"(President Trump) talked about sanctions on North Korea and cooperative relations with China. And he said he looks forward to cooperating closely with President Moon in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue so as to produce an outcome," Hong said.

"Though we're now at the stage of pressure and sanctions, he said he has a willingness to make peace through the so-called engagement if certain conditions are right. He said, however, that what he's willing to do is not talk for talk's sake but for talks that produce an outcome," the envoy said.

Also in attendance at the meeting were Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.

Hong said he handed Moon's letter to Trump and expressed thanks for supporting South Korea's security and inviting the South Korean leader to visit Washington next month. 

The two countries agreed earlier this week to hold a summit between Moon and Trump in Washington in late June.

It was the first time Trump has met with a South Korean official since taking office.

The meeting came after North Korea successfully test-fired a new intermediate-range ballistic missile on Sunday.

(With IANS inputs)