During a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, President Donald Trump said that the U.S. and North Korea have been speaking at “very high levels” ahead of a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The comments came while Trump and Abe met at the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort amid news that South Korea and North Korea are in talks to bring about a formal end to the Korean War, a resolution Trump said has his “blessing,” according to The Washington Post.
“North Korea is coming along. South Korea is meeting and has plans to meet to see if they can end the war, and they have my blessing on that,” Trump said of the meeting between the two nations.
Check out part of Trump’s meeting with Abe below:
The president went on to suggest that five locations are being considered for his meeting with Kim, and he gave himself credit for prompting the comparatively warm relations on the Korean Peninsula.
“They’ve been very generous that without us, and without me in particular, I guess, they wouldn’t be discussing anything and the Olympics would have been a failure,” Trump said, referring to the presence of North Korea at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
“They do have my blessing to discuss the end of the war. People don’t realize the Korean War has not ended. It’s going on right now,” Trump added.
The president praised strong U.S. relations with Japan and emphasized his unity with Abe on the issue of North Korea. He explained that a meeting with Kim would take place “probably in early June or before that” but added that things might not remain so smarmy.
“It’s possible things won’t go well and we won’t have the meetings and we’ll just continue to go on this very strong path we have taken,” he said.
Abe also praised Trump for his “courage” in being willing to meet with the Kim regime and address tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.
White House officials have said that during Abe’s visit, the two leaders plan to discuss the potential North Korean summit as well as new trade and tariff policies the Trump administration enacted.