Former President Jimmy Carter is open to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un amid tensions between his nation and the U.S., according to The Korea JoongAng Daily.
The Daily on Tuesday reported that Carter explained his desire to a University of Georgia (UGA) professor he recently encountered.
“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 and contribute toward establishing a permanent peace regime on the Korean Peninsula,” Park Han-Shik told the South Korean newspaper last Sunday.
“[Carter] wants to employ his experience visiting North Korea to prevent a second Korean War,” Park added.
Park is UGA’s emeritus professor of international affairs and has traveled to Pyongyang over 50 times.
The professor met with Carter last month at the former Democratic president’s home in Plains, Georgia.
Some Twitter used voiced optimism about Carter meeting with Kim, while others were more skeptical.
Carter visited North Korea in 1994, ultimately reaching a deal with then-leader Kim Il Sung to freeze his nation’s nuclear program.
The Daily’s report comes amid rising tensions between Kim and President Trump over the former’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Trump vowed to “totally destroy” North Korea on the floor of the United Nations last month, and he has repeatedly mocked Kim as “rocket man.”
Kim’s government has alarmed the global community this year by conducting a series of intercontinental ballistic missile tests.