President Donald Trump said Monday that Singapore and a facility inside the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Korean peninsula are under consideration as sites for his highly anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Speaking alongside Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari during a bilateral news conference at the White House, Trump confirmed the two locations as potential venues for talks between North Korea and U.S. officials.
"We're looking at various countries, including Singapore," the president said. "And we are also talking about the possibility of the DMZ."
The president, who initially floated the idea of hosting talks at the DMZ on Twitter earlier Monday, said the latter location would hold greater significance if U.S. and North Korean officials were able to come to terms on a diplomatic agreement to address tensions in the region.
"There's something that 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," Trump said.
He added: "I will say this, the good news, everybody wants us, it has the chance to be a big event."
The president told reporters last week that U.S. and North Korean officials are "down to two countries" as options for a location for the talks, though he did not specify which at the time.
The president’s suggestion that he meet with Kim at the Peace House at the DMZ follows last week’s historic meeting there between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a summit that was considered a precursor to the planned face-to-face between Trump and Kim.
The inter-Korean meeting, as well as plans for a Trump-Kim summit, mark a historic thaw in relations with the repressive, communist North Korea. The denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, a step North Korea’s government has previously described as “unthinkable,” has been at the center of the recent easing of tensions.
Trump sent shockwaves through the international community earlier this year when he announced he had accepted an invitation to meet with Kim. Specifics for that meeting, including a location and a date, have yet to be set up, although Trump said last week that newly confirmed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, then director of the CIA, traveled to North Korea earlier this month and met with Kim.