The trains are heavily armored and usually pulled by two power units.
It was reported back in 2009 that Kim Jong-il made use of a fleet of six personal trains, which are made up of 90 armored luxury railcars.
His comments Monday could now lead to exploratory discussions for direct leader talks between Washington and Pyongyang, former U. special envoy for negotiations, Joseph De Trani, told VOA. Mc Cain ‘very skeptical’ The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Republican John Mc Cain, said he is "very skeptical" about whether anything positive could emerge from a Trump-Kim meeting.
"If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it," Trump told Bloomberg News in an interview Monday.
Fresh missile tests by the North and its progress toward developing a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States have made the isolated communist dictatorship one of America’s top national security concerns. has even raised the possibility of a preemptive strike if Pyongyang conducts another nuclear test.
Deeming President Barack Obama’s “strategic patience” with North Korea a total failure, Trump and his aides say they’re taking a more aggressive approach, at times warning of potential military confrontation if the North doesn’t change course. Yet on other occasions, Trump’s administration has dangled carrots.
"There was a lot of potential threats that could have come his way.
That encounter in Pyongyang in 2000 was with the current leader's father, Kim Jong Il. Or a carefully choreographed appearance aimed at showing North Korea's Kim Jong-un as a friendly, modern leader, no different from the heads of other countries?Since the creation of the state, the first two North Korean leaders—Kim Il-sung and his son Kim Jong-il—were known to use high-security private trains as their preferred method of domestic and international travel.Although the White House played down near-term prospects for such a meeting, Trump’s conciliatory comments were a departure from his more unforgiving tone toward the North in recent days.It marked the latest fluctuation as Trump’s administration struggles to articulate its policy for addressing the growing threat from North Korea’s nuclear program.