Jimmy Carter, the 93-year-old former 39th President of the United States, has told a University of Georgia emeritus professor that he would like to visit Pyongyang and discuss a “permanent peace” treaty with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to avoid a second Korean War, according to a report.
“Carter wants to meet with the North Korean leader [Kim Jong Un] and play a constructive role for peace on the Korean Peninsula as he did in 1994,” according to Park Han-shik, an emeritus professor of international affairs at the University of Georgia, the Korea JoongAng Daily reported.
“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 said, the Korea JoongAng Daily reported.
Carter went to North Korea in 1994 to help reach a nuclear deal with then-leader Kim Il Sung.
“He wants to employ his experience visiting North Korea to prevent a second Korean War,” Park pointed out, the Korea JoongAng Daily reported.
Park, 78, reportedly had a meeting with Carter, which he discussed on the phone with the JoongAng Ilbo, the Korea JoongAng Daily reported.
The Korea JoongAng Daily reported: “Park, a prominent scholar of North Korea-related issues who has traveled to Pyongyang over 50 times, visited Carter, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his work with the Atlanta-based Carter Center, at the former president’s home in Plains, Georgia, on Sept. 28.”