Former US President Jimmy Carter says he would travel to North Korea on a diplomatic mission – Business Insider


Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter delivers a lecture on the eradication of the Guinea worm, at the House of Lords in London, Britain February 3, 2016.
Former
U.S. President Jimmy Carter says he would go to North Korea on
Trump’s behalf.

REUTERS / Neil
Hall


  • Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said he
    would be willing to travel to North Korea on a diplomatic
    mission.

  • “I told him that I was available if they ever
    need me,” Carter allegedly told National Security Adviser
    Lt.-Gen. H. R. McMaster.


  • In the mid-1990s, Carter travelled to Pyongyang
    and struck a deal with Kim Il Sung, grandfather of the current
    leader.


 

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said he
would be willing to travel to North Korea on behalf of the Trump
administration to help diffuse rising tensions, The New York
Times reported on its website on Sunday.

“I would go, yes,” Carter, 93, told the Times when he was asked
in an interview at his ranch house in Plains, Georgia whether it
was time for another diplomatic mission and whether he would do
so for President Trump.

Carter, a Democrat who was president from 1977 to 1981, said he
had spoken to Trump’s National Security Adviser Lt.-Gen. H. R.
McMaster, who is a friend, but so far has gotten a negative
response.

“I told him that I was available if they ever need me,” the Times
quoted Carter as saying.

Told that some in Washington were made nervous by Trump and North
Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s war of words, Carter said: “I’m
afraid, too, of a situation.”


Kim jong un
North
Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

KCNA via
REUTERS


“They want to save their regime. And we greatly overestimate
China’s influence on North Korea. Particularly to Kim,” who,
Carter added, has “never, so far as I know, been to China.” “And
they have no relationship. Kim Jong-il did go to China and was
very close to them.”

Describing the North Korean leader as “unpredictable,” Carter
worried that if Kim thinks Trump will act against him, he could
do something pre-emptive, the Times reported.

“I think he’s now got advanced nuclear weaponry that can destroy
the Korean Peninsula and Japan, and some of our outlying
territories in the Pacific, maybe even our mainland,” Carter
said.

In the mid-1990s, Carter traveled to Pyongyang over the
objections of President Bill Clinton, the Times report said, and
struck a deal with Kim Il Sung, grandfather of the current
leader.

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