Trump agrees to meet North Korea's Kim

Trump agrees to meet North Korea's Kim

U.S. President Donald Trump may have been trading barbs with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the previous year, including calling him "Rocket Man", but now the two might be meeting.

Kim Jong Un has "committed to denuclearization" and to suspending nuclear and missile tests, South Korea's National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong told reporters at the White House on Thursday after briefing Trump.

US President Donald Trump said he was prepared to meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un in what would be the first face-to-face encounter between the two countries' leaders.

Trump tweeted today: "Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearisation with the South Korean representatives, not just a freeze".

The announcement that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told the White House he wanted to talk with Trump, "was a mild surprise ..."

Chung met with Kim earlier this week, and came to Washington on Thursday to relay the message from the North Korean leader.

Donald Trump enlisted Friday the help of China's Xi Jinping to keep sanctions pressure on North Korea, amid fears that an audacious diplomatic gambit by the U.S. president could lead to backsliding.

Trump took office vowing to stop North Korea from attaining a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the US mainland.

On a visit to North Korea last June, Rodman delivered a copy of Trump's book, The Art of the Deal, to the North Korean leadership. Co-host Willie Geist said it's unclear whether the planned meeting would actually come to pass or if it was part of a larger negotiation over the rogue regime's nuclear weapons. But he stressed that China would continue to maintain sanctions on North Korea until a political settlement was reached.

Chung did not say where Trump would meet with Kim.

"The deal with North Korea is very much in the making and will be, if completed, a very good one for the World".

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A meeting would be a huge step between the two countries, avowed enemies for 70 years, and particularly between two leaders. Kim has pilloried Trump as "senile" and a "dotard".

China, North Korea's main financial backer.

Scarborough said the president would likely walk into the meeting unprepared and treat it as another television spectacle or business opportunity.

The two Koreas also agreed to hold summit-level talks at the border village of Panmunjom, located in the heavily guarded Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), which acts as the de facto border between North and South Korea.

On Aug. 4, 2009, Clinton made a private trip to the DPRK for a talk with Kim Jong Il, and the DPRK leader agreed to pardon two imprisoned US journalists in the country, Laura Ling and Euna Lee. The meeting is due to take place by the end of May.

"This is something he's had on his mind for quite some time", Tillerson said.

"There is zero chance Kim Jong Un is going to agree to worldwide inspections that dismantle his nuclear arsenal in the next several months", Mount said.

The notoriously reclusive Kim, who rarely receives visitors and is not known to have traveled outside of North Korea since taking power in 2011, has spent the past year ramping up his country's missile and nuclear weapons development programs, in open defiance of the worldwide community.

The White House said Trump's surprise decision to accept Kim's offer of direct talks reflects the president's preference for bold action over empty talk.

To ensure its interests are met in the longer term, China is likely to push for a return to a six-party type talks: China, Russia, Japan, the U.S., in addition to North and South Korea. Either North Korea accused the USA of failing to deliver on its promises, or American officials were unhappy with their ability to verify that Pyongyang was telling the truth.

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