Donald Trump was heading for the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas on Sunday after inviting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to an impromptu summit.
In what would be a remarkable diplomatic spectacle, Mr Kim “very much wants” to meet, the US president said on Sunday after he turned to Twitter to invite him to a third diplomatic date after their first two encounters in Singapore and Hanoi.
“Let’s see what happens,” the US President told business leaders in Seoul.”We are trying to work it out. It will be very short but that’s OK. A handshake means a lot.”
Their first meeting last year took place in a blaze of publicity, the first-ever encounter between a leader of the nuclear-armed North and a sitting US president, whose forces and their allies fought each other to a stalemate in the 1950-53 Korean War.
That summit produced a vaguely-worded pledge about denuclearisation, but a second meeting in Vietnam in February intended to put flesh on those bones broke up without agreement.