“Some people maybe don’t like the look of that, and some people like it very much,” the president said. “There’s something I like about if, because you’re there, if things work out, there’s a great celebration to be had on the site, not in a third party country.”
Early Monday morning, Mr. Trump first signaled his preference for meeting the North Korean ruler in the Demilitarized Zone.
“Numerous countries are being considered for the MEETING,” Mr. Trump tweeted Monday morning, “but would Peace House/Freedom House, on the Border of North & South Korea, be a more Representative, Important and Lasting site than a third party country? Just asking!”
Previously, White House officials had privately played down the possibility of the Peace House, a three-story, gray stone edifice built by South Korea to hold meetings with officials from the North. The concern has been the optics of Mr. Trump traveling to Mr. Kim’s doorstep.
The discussion comes following dramatic images of Mr. Kim greeting South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, at the line of demarcation between North and South, and sitting down with him in the Peace House.
Mr. Trump has heaped praise on the meeting, and it has accelerated the momentum behind his own encounter with Mr. Kim.
Among the logistical issues for a meeting distant from the Korean Peninsula is Mr. Kim’s ability to travel long distances, given the rickety condition of his aircraft.
On Sunday, the South Korean government said Mr. Kim told Mr. Moon that North Korea would relinquish its nuclear weapons if the United States pledged not to attack it and endorsed a peace treaty formally ending the military conflict on the Korean Peninsula.