An historic meeting between the US President and North Korean dictator is set to take place in May, after successful talks between the Koreas in Pyongyang.
Donald Trump has informed the visiting South Korean delegation that he intends on meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in May this year.
South Korean national security advisor: South Korea, U.S. "stand together in insisting that we not repeat the mistakes of the past, and that the pressure will continue until North Korea matches these words with concrete actions." pic.twitter.com/rSt98TDCnV
— ABC News (@ABC) March 9, 2018
Seoul’s national security advisor, Chung Eui-yong, relayed Trump’s plan from the White House, after first announcing that Kim was eager to sit down with the President.
It is also understood the North will accept the continuation of US military drills in South Korea up until the historic meeting.
Trump took to Twitter after the announcement to hail the diplomatic progress.
“Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearisation with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze,” he wrote late on Thursday.
“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
Chung led a South Korean envoy to Pyongyang earlier this week for unprecedented high-level talks with Kim.
He said on Tuesday that Kim had told President Moon Jae-in’s representation that he was open to “frank dialogue” with the US about nuclear disarmament with the ultimate aim of thawing North-US relations.
Relations between the North and South have been steadily improving since they agreed to march under the same flag at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and compete as a unified Korea in the women’s ice hockey.
A summit to be held in Korea’s demilitarised zone this year, will even see President Moon meet with Kim face-to-face.
It is unclear if this latest development means Trump will join the Korean leaders at the Panmunjom border village summit, but it will be the first time a sitting US President has ever met a leader of North Korea.