Trump says he will not meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un during G-20 trip

Kim (left) and Trump talk in the garden of the Metropole hotel in Hanoi in February 2019.
Kim (left) and Trump talk in the garden of the Metropole hotel in Hanoi in February 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (June 26) he will not meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his trip to Asia for the Group of 20 (G-20) summit this weekend.

"I'll be meeting with a lot of other people. Not... him," Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for his flight to Asia.

"But I may be speaking with him in a different form," he added.

Trump and Kim have exchanged letters and held two previous summits, but talks between the two countries aimed at dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme have mostly broken down.

Earlier on Wednesday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the United States was involved in behind-the-scenes talks with North Korea over a possible third summit and has proposed working-level negotiations.