"If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him <…> I would be honored to do it," Trump said in an interview with Bloomberg News. "If it's under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would do that."
Trump pointed out himself that this is an unusual statement for a Western politician.
"Most political people would never say that, but I'm telling you under the right circumstances I would meet with him," Trump said, stressing once again that the circumstances would play a key role in the possible historic meeting between the two leaders.
What Trump didn't announce, however, is what kind of circumstances he was talking about.
On Monday, North Korea pledged to boost measures "at the maximum pace" to build up nuclear deterrence forces, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
Earlier on Sunday, Pyongyang warned Washington that it won't hesitate to sink the nuclear-powered submarine the US deployed to South Korean waters if it "tries to budge even a little."