In a joint press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday, President Biden described the preconditions under which he would consider meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
– You have said in the past that you would not meet Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea without certain preconditions.
PRESIDENT SUBMITTED: Yes.
– What are these prerequisites and do you think it could ever meet them?
PRESIDENT SUBMITTED: Now, what I never do is I never pass judgment on a man or woman who is going to do or not do based on what they said. We’ll see, if he made a commitment, I would meet them and if there was an engagement that we met in, and the commitment has to be that there is a discussion of his nuclear arsenal. What if it’s just a way we defuse what they’re doing. And so, if that was the case, I wouldn’t meet unless my Secretary of State presented a plan, and others would have negotiated how we would proceed.
But what I wouldn’t do is I wouldn’t do what has been done in the recent past, I wouldn’t give him everything he’s looking for, it’s national or international recognition, his legitimists and tell them and give them what made him move in the direction of appearing more – how can I put it, more serious about what he wasn’t quite serious about. I would have to know details, but the idea of never meeting North Korea – I would make sure my team met their counterpart, their counterparts, and I know exactly what we’re meeting now.