According to South Korea’s national security adviser, President Trump agrees to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by May to see North Korea abandon its nuclear ambitions.
Per The Hill:
Chung Eui-yong made the announcement during a news conference outside the White House after meeting with Trump administration officials. Chung said the North Korean leader has expressed his “eagerness to meet with President Trump as soon as possible.”
Chung led a South Korean delegation earlier in the week on a historic trip to Pyongyang. During the trip, the envoys became the first South Korean officials to meet with Kim since he took power in 2011.
On Tuesday, the South Korean envoys announced that Kim told them he is willing to begin negotiations with the United States on abandoning nuclear weapons and that he would suspend all nuclear and missile tests while engaged in talks.
The Trump administration and lawmakers greeted the offer cautiously, expressing both hope that talks can happen and skepticism at Kim’s sincerity.
Trump had touted the announcement Thursday night to reporters at the White House before it was delivered by the South Korean official, characterizing it as “major.”
“It’s almost beyond that,” Trump told ABC News’s Jonathan Karl when asked if the announcement was about negotiations. “Hopefully, you will give me credit.”
WATCH: Full remarks of South Korean security adviser Chung Eui-Yong: "Kim [Jong Un] pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests." https://t.co/R1pNb0btCG pic.twitter.com/DbLdAosam3
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SoKo Natl Sec adviser: "I explained to President Trump that his leadership and maximum pressure policy together w/international solidarity brought us to this juncture…Kim Jong un said he is committed to denuclearization & will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests." pic.twitter.com/Yf7Bk1coMP
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) March 9, 2018
BREAKING: President Trump has agreed to meet with with Kim Jong Un by May 2018.
This will be Kim Jong Un's first meeting with a head of state.
— Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) March 9, 2018
Trump diplomacy wins – Kim Jong Un invites Trump to meet him as he cancels nuclear testing
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) March 9, 2018
We're in a situation where Kim Jong Un is more willing to strike a deal with Trump than the Democrats are
— Matt Semite (@MattsOurSemite) March 9, 2018
This is an incredible development. We will follow the story as more details become available.