By Sputnik News
IN A major turn of events, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will meet in-person after Kim told a South Korean envoy he was committed to denuclearization and will hold off on future tests of nuclear weapons.
Addressing reporters Thursday outside the White House, South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui Yong, announced that Kim is willing to meet Trump “as soon as possible.” Trump replied to Kim’s invitation by expressing his willingness to meet by May.
“North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests,” Chung said.
Further, Kim expressed that he understands that the US and its allies must continue military exercises around the Korean Peninsula.
It is not clear where the meeting will take place, but the announcement marks a drastic shift from the nuclear brinksmanship that Trump and Kim engaged in last year, with North Korea conducting a record number of ballistic missiles tests and achieving advances in ICBM technology that would allow Kim to credibly order a nuclear strike on the United States mainland.
Trump’s typical approach has been to throw shade at Kim as a “madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his own people” and Little Rocket Man. This makes the agreement to meet and for the Korean Peninsula to denuclearize all the more dramatic.
Last May, though, Trump announced he would be “honored” to meet the North Korean leader. He has toyed with the idea on his Twitter account as well.
Possible progress being made in talks with North Korea. For the first time in many years, a serious effort is being made by all parties concerned. The World is watching and waiting! May be false hope, but the U.S. is ready to go hard in either direction!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2018
The Wall Street Journal stated falsely that I said to them “I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un” (of N. Korea). Obviously I didn’t say that. I said “I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un,” a big difference. Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2018
For its part, Beijing has voiced support for Washington and Pyongyang to engage in productive dialogue.
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