Jimmy Carter Offers To Meet With Kim Jong-Un

The Guardian reports:

Jimmy Carter has reportedly said he is willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in a bid to defuse tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes, and bring “permanent peace” to the Korean peninsula.

In an intervention that is likely to irritate Donald Trump, the 93-year-old former president told a South Korean academic that he was willing to travel to the North Korean capital if it meant preventing war.

“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 denuclearisation of North Korea,” Park Han-shik, a professor of international affairs at the University of Georgia, told South Korea’s JoongAng Daily newspaper.

  • Gustav2

    Keep the ‘football’ in another room far away from POTUS.

    • Brendan Denehy

      “Hey Donnie. We are going to replace this boring black briefcase with this shiny gold one! And we are going to fill it with balloons, and with candy…. How would you like that?”

      • BlindBill

        Chocolate cake, the best chocolate cake

    • greenmanTN

      “Sir, we’ve updated the nuclear launch system to a more user friendly design.”


  • DaddyRay

    I don’t trust Trump to not attack while Carter is there

    • DaddyRay

      I also don’t trust Kim Jong Un not to take Carter hostage

      • Jon Doh

        Take your hammer with you Jimmy.

      • JCF

        Jimmy would damn well take that chance. That’s who he is.

        • Ivan T. Errible

          Jimmy told any of his staffers who were “living in sin” to get married-that Jimmy?

    • ted-

      I don’t trust Trump…

      Is all one needs to say and hear.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Jimmy Carter, the President who divested himself of his peanut farm, to avoid the appearance of impropriety? That Jimmy Carter?

    And despite the fact that Trump isn’t fit to lick Carter’s boots, no matter what might happen in a meeting, Carter has no ability to get Trump to abide by any negotiations or agreements that might be reached.

  • olandp

    With every day that passes, former President Carter becomes more admirable.

    • justme

      Wonder how far he would have gone if it weren’t for the Reagan/Bush sabotage…

      • lymis

        Not intending any disrespect to Gerald Ford (or at least for the purposes of this comment), Jimmy Carter was the first elected President following Nixon.

        The deck was so solidly stacked against him accomplishing anything at all – with a huge percentage of the electorate totally turned off to politics and government at all, with Republicans smarting so badly at not just the loss, but by being painted (however deservedly) with Nixon’s brush, with liberals demanding valid but practically impossible complete overhauls of the whole government, with international tensions being what they were, and everything else, it’s amazing that he not only accomplished as much as he did, but that he did it with grace and dignity.

        Who has has been since only underscores what an amazing person Carter is.

      • Kelly Lape

        Unfortunately it wasn’t just the Reagan/Casey sabotage (Casey meeting with Iranians to prevent a hostage release) – it was Ted Kennedy’s ego that destroyed the Democratic Party for a generation. Running against an incumbent and dividing our party in a way that was only beginning to heal prior to the new Clinton/Sander’s division engineered by the Russians. Sadly, it is a very difficult task to unite so many competing visions against a common foe.

  • I admire President Carter for offering to do this. If he can’t lower tensions between the U.S. and DPRK, no one can.

  • GayOldLady

    The most decent President we’ve ever had and more mentally together at 93 than Trump is at 71. Trump will never allow a 93 year old to upstage him.

    • ColdCountry

      He’ll never allow anyone to upstage him, especially a Democrat and supporter of Obama. And President Carter won’t go without Trump’s OK, I don’t think, especially as it’s against the law, I believe.

    • fahvel

      Mr. Carter upstages the asshole by merely waking up with the sun. Such a fine public figure!!!!!

      • GayOldLady


      • clay

        I bet that when John McCain goes into hospice, Jimmy Carter will make a private visit, and Donald Trump will make an insulting chirp.

  • TexasBoy

    When he was the President, I didn’t care much for him. I was young and stupid. I have so much respect for this man now that I am older.

    • JCF

      He was my first Presidential vote (1980), and I’ve never regretted it.

  • Kelly Lape

    I hope to live long enough to see this man receive the respect he is due from this country. It is my firm belief that the Reich Wing Taliban hate him for his Christianity. This man has lived the life of a Christian while their side is a fraud using faith as a cudgel.

  • TrueWords

    Carter is 93 and dealing with cancer and a better President than Trump you know the fittest President EVER!!!

  • The New Paige Turner™

    President Carter still has presence and dignity at 93.

    He travels on commercial airlines regularly and every time he greets every passenger personally.

    He is a true Statesman and a Gentleman.


  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Pay attention Donald et al, THIS is what being presidential looks like.

  • KnownDonorDad

    One of the few people worthy of the term “statesman.”

  • Vira

    Donald Trump: “What!? We got one cancer-addled brain in the Senate already! What do i need to involve a 93-year old with cancer AND dementia? Get ’em outta here! Lock him up!”

  • marshlc

    “discuss a peace treaty between the United States and the North”

    Sorry, but any nation that signs a treaty with the US right now would have to be even crazier than North Korea. Trump has made it very clear that his administration does not feel bound by treaties and agreements.

  • JWC

    a Good idea !! Probably the best shot the US has . Tell Donny he is NOT the boss and this one and break his damned cell phone

  • Daniel E. Duclo

    PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! Best diplomat we have!

  • JCF


    [Disclaimer: does not apply to cigarette. Damn, I really wanted {shrug} “Couldn’t hoit!”-type meme, and this was the best I could find. Not good.]

  • Considering that it has been alleged that Trump demanded that Argentina revoke a humanitarian award it was issuing to President Carter (this has been denied by both Argentine and Trump administrations, and there isn’t a “smoking gun” ), I doubt that the North Koreans are going to feel defused by any meetings with President Carter, thoug I admire the man for his willingness to try to avert a nuclear war. All it will take is one Trump Tweet and anything Carter (or TIllerson) might accomplish. Trump is dead set on the “one thing” he thinks that Kim will “understand.” The nation, or at least the part of the narion capable of rational thought, now has a reasonable fear that nuclear war is imminent.

    • leastyebejudged

      So you repeat a fake accusation that you admit there’s no proof of ?

      LOL, Duly noted.

      • It’s appropriate to point out the fact that the allegation has been denied by the relevant parties – many people saw the news reports in May, and when I checked it at the time of my post, I noticed the denials – do you think the denials should be suppressed? Still, it *is* consistent with the kinds of things that Trump actually does.

  • charemor

    Not going to happen because it would take the spotlight off of Trump.

  • andrew

    A Carter visit to NK might help, but I don’t like people rushing to canonize him. Carter teaches Sunday School and his acceptance of that ancient collection of mythological writings by primitive ancients, as the inspired word of the creator of the universe, makes him very suspicious to me.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    If more Christians were like Jimmy Carter, this nation and the world would be a much more tolerant and better place. While I’m not a Christian, I think he is a fine example of what one should be if they are going to be part of the Christian religion. He and Rosalyn are decent and good people just like the Obama’s. How far we’ve fallen with the current deranged occupant of the White House!