THIS IS PRESIDENTIAL: Still Going Strong, Jimmy Carter Offers to Meet With North Korean Leader!

Former President Jimmy Carter has offered to meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in an attempt at peace talks, according to Korea JoongAng Daily, a South Korean newspaper.

The University of Georgia’s Park Han-shik, professor emeritus at UGA’s School of Public & International Affairs, met with Carter and told the newspaper,

Carter wants to meet with the North Korean leader and play a constructive role for peace on the Korean Peninsula as he did in 1994.

In 1994, with President Clinton’s blessing, Carter reached a deal to freeze North Korea’s nuclear program with Kim’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung.

Should former President Carter be able to visit North Korea, he would like to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and discuss a peace treaty between the United States and the North and a complete denuclearization of North Korea.

Park said Carter wants “to prevent a second Korean War.” Carter wrote in the Washington Post last week that the escalating conflict with North Korea represents “the most serious existential threat to world peace.”

As The Hill notes, the offer from the 39th president comes amid heightened tensions between Pyongyang and Washington. Kim in early September claimed North Korea had successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb that can be placed on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The Trump administration at the end of the month slapped new sanctions on several North Koreans banks and nationals abroad.

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