Trump and Kim Jong-un to meet by May after an invitation from Pyongyang
President Donald Trump has agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the White House announced, setting the scene for an unprecedented encounter between two nations that only recently threatened to wipe each other out.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed that the president has accepted the invitation, and said it would occur “at a place and time to be determined.”
“Kim Jong Un talked about de-nuclearisation with the South Korean representatives, not just a freeze,” he tweeted. “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!”
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
The historic meeting was brokered by the South Korean government, which delivered the invitation to the White House and divulged the details outside the West Wing.
“He expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible,” South Korean National Security Director Chung Eui-yong said of Kim.
Chung Eui-yon, the head of South Korea’s National Security Office, said Mr Kim had indicated he was committed to denuclearisation, and had pledged the rogue nation would refrain from nuclear and missile tests.
The decision, after a year in which the two have repeatedly traded insults, is a remarkable breakthrough.
The South Korean official, speaking in the White House driveway after meeting Mr Trump, said: “He (Mr Kim) expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible.
“President Trump appreciated the briefing, and said he would meet Kim Jong Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearisation.”