Former president Jimmy Carter, 93, said in an interview with the New York Times that he’d be willing to go to North Korea on a diplomatic mission. He continued by recognizing that he’s “afraid” of the situation with President Trump and the escalating tensions over nuclear weapons.
Carter has traveled to Pyongyang to meet with North Korea’s leaders in the past. In the interview, he conveys a message of concern about the current state of the U.S. and the North’s relationship.
“I don’t know what they’ll do,” he responded when asked about North Korea. “They want to save their regime. And we greatly overestimate China’s influence on North Korea. Particularly to Kim Jong-un. He’s never, so far as I know, been to China.”
Carter revealed that he offered his help to Trump’s national security adviser, H. R. McMaster, but, so far has not been asked to be involved.
How would the former Democratic U.S. President describe North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un? “Unpredictable,” he says.
“I think he’s now got advanced nuclear weaponry that can destroy the Korean Peninsula and Japan, and some of our outlying territories in the Pacific, maybe even our mainland,” Carter continued.
The surprisingly spry and cognitively sharp Carter reports that he has let the U.S. administration know that he’s available, should they ever need him.