President Trump suggested the Korean Demilitarized Zone could be a possible option to host the eventual U.S.-Korea talks, calling it an "intriguing" choice for the highly anticipated talks. His comments, which took place at a joint press conference with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, follow his tweet early Monday when he said the "Peace House/Freedom House, on the Border of North & South Korea" could possibly host the summit.
"Some people don't like the look of that, some people like that very much," said Mr. Trump in the Rose Garden on Monday. He added, "There's something I like about it because you're there, you're actually there where if things work out there's a great celebration to be had on the site not in a third party country."
"The good news is, everybody wants us. It has the chance to be a big event," he suggested.
Mr. Trump added, "personally I think it's going to be a success." "If its not a success, I will respectfully leave," he said.
The president also said that Kim Jong Un has been "very open and very straightforward so far" in discussing the possibility of removing nuclear testing sites and halting the launching of ballistic missiles.
But when pressed on if pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal would send the wrong message to Kim, Mr. Trump said no, saying if anything it's proven he's been "100 percent right" about the Iranians.
His comments on the deal followed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's press conference during which he claimed that Iran had lied about its nuclear weapons program. "I've been saying that's happening, they're not siting back idly, they're setting off missiles which they say are for television purposes, I don't think so," said Mr. Trump.
Meanwhile, President Buhari and Mr. Trump both sidestepped questions about the president's reported use of vulgar language during an Oval Office meeting. He made the comments on immigrants from African nations in reference to U.S. immigration legislation this past January.
"I'm very careful with what the press says about [people] other than myself, I'm not sure about the validity or whether that allegation against the president was true or not, the best thing for me is to keep quiet," said Buhari when asked if the president's past comments came up during their meetings.
"We didn't discuss it. You do have some countries that are in very bad shape. We didn't discuss it because the president knows me and knows where I'm coming from," added Mr. Trump.