WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump says on Thursday he would ‘certainly’ invite North Korea’s Kim Jong-un to visit the United States if summit negotiations in Singapore go well.
“I think that could happen,” Trump said during a Rose Garden press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Speaking of the possibility, Trump said: “I think it will be well-received. I think he would look at it very favorably.” Trump said that he is also “totally prepared to walk” if things do not go well, noting that he “did it once before”.
He also said he believes Mr Kim is prepared to do something that will be great for his country, his family and himself and said “normalising relations is something that I would hope to do” once the negotiations with North Korea are completed.
Trump will meet Kim in Singapore on June 12, a first-ever meeting between sitting North Korean and US leaders and one focused on Pyongyang’s ominous nuclear weapons program.
Russian rocket fails in the mid air, crew lands safely
COSMODROME—Booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and US astronaut on board headed for the International Space Station failed in mid-air on Thursday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing.
U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin landed safely without any harm.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, quoted by Interfax, said the problem occurred when the first and second stages of the booster rocket were in the process of separating.
The rocket was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. A Reuters reporter who observed the launch from around 1 km away said that it had gone smoothly in its initial stage.
“Search and rescue teams are in the air and heading towards the expected touchdown location for the Soyuz spacecraft returning to Earth carrying two crew members,” NASA said in a statement.