Word out is that U.S President Donald Trump has agreed to a high-stakes meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, scheduled to hold in May after Kim pledged to withhold any further nuclear tests and move toward denuclearization.
According to South Korea’s national security adviser who announced this on Thursday evening at the White after he briefed the president on a message from Kim earlier in the day.
The White House said afterward that Trump “will accept the invitation,” and the president tweeted, “Great progress being made …”
South Korea’s envoy Chung Eui-Yong said, in his recent talks with Kim, the North Korean leader had expressed an eagerness to meet with Trump as soon as possible.
Chung said that Kim told him he was committed to denuclearization, would refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests, and had agreed that U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises the North objects to must continue.
“I explained to President Trump that his leadership and his maximum pressure policy, together with international solidarity, brought us to this juncture. I expressed President Moon Jae-in’s personal gratitude for President Trump’s leadership,” he said, referring to South Korea’s president.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement shortly afterward from the U.S. side saying, “President Trump greatly appreciates the nice words of the South Korean delegation and President Moon. He will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined. We look forward to the denuclearization of North Korea. In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain.”
Later on Thursday evening, Trump tweeted: “Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!”
Well, seems finally the two big babies are beginning to reason like adults and drop their power tussle.
Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 9, 2018