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Trump Open To Talks With North Korea But They Probably Won't Happen

People watch a TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's New Year's speech in Seoul, South Korea on Jan. 3.
Ahn Young-joon/AP

President Donald Trump told reporters over the weekend that he was open to talks with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un.

During a press conference from Camp David Trump said, “Absolutely, I would love to do that,” when asked about potential talks with Kim. “I have no problem with that at all,” he added. Trump’s comments were in contrast to a controversial tweet he made last week where he taunted Kim saying his nuclear button was “bigger” and “more powerful” than his.

While Trump’s willingness to pursue diplomatic measures with North Korea is more promising than bragging about the size of his nuclear button, Charlie Sennott, executive director of The GroundTruth Project, is skeptical that any talks will actually take place.

In response to Trump’s comments from Camp David, Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said that there would not be any talks until North Korea is willing to talk about banning their nuclear program.

“Nikki Haley made it really clear that there would be conditions to Trump actually talking with the North Korean leader and those conditions are really hard to meet, and they would include assurances that he would be ending his nuclear program," Sennott said during an interview with Boston Public Radio Monday. "So you end up back at square one.” 

Sennott also said that Trump’s tweets are hindering the U.S.’s diplomatic abilities and damaging the country’s image around the world. “It seems ridiculous that we even have to talk about [his tweets] like that, but we do,” he said.

“We would hope our president would elevate the debate, make it more mature, making it more a reflection of our country and how we carry ourselves in the world,” Sennott added.

To hear the interview in its entirety, click the audio player above.


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