Carter Volunteers to Visit North Korea

Carter Volunteers to Visit North KoreaCarter Volunteers to Visit North Korea

US former president, Jimmy Carter, said he would be willing to travel to North Korea on behalf of the incumbent US 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 Donald Trump, Reuters reported. 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. They want to save their regime. And we greatly overestimate China’s influence on North Korea. Particularly to Kim who 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 preemptive, the Times reported.

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