The US President tweeted his desire to “shake hands” with Kim Jong-un in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) which separates North and South Korea.
Trump was speaking ahead of his planned visit to South Korea at the end of the G20 summit in Japan.
On Saturday, he tweeted: “After some very important meetings, including my meeting with President Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon).
“While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!”
Trump is due to visit South Korea to discuss the failing denuclearisation talks.
“If Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!”
Donald Trump, US President
He later told reporters: “We’ll be there and I just put out a feeler because I don’t know where he is right now. He may not be in North Korea.”
A few hours later, North Korean officials responded.
Choe Son Hui, first vice-minister for foreign affairs for the secretive communist state said in a statement: “We see it as a very interesting suggestion, but we have not received an official proposal in this regard.”
South Korea’s presidency also said nothing had been confirmed.
In November 2017, Trump again tried to make a surprise visit to the DMZ but was forced to abandon his plans due to bad weather.
Trump and Kim last met in February this year, when talks in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi failed.
Their summit ended abruptly without any agreement on North Korea’s denuclearisation, as Trump said he was walking away from a “bad deal”.
The pair first met in a groundbreaking summit in Singapore in June 2018, when they shook hands.