Trump agrees to meet North Korea’s Kim

Trump agrees to meet North Korea’s Kim

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WASHINGTON (TIP): US President Donald Trump
 has agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by May, a top South 
Korean official announced on Friday, March 9, even as the White House 
said the two leaders would meet “at a place and time to be determined”.

South Korean National Security Adviser 
Chung Eui-Yong, who led his country’s delegation to Pyongyang for talks 
with the North Korean leaders, made the announcement at the White House 
hours after he briefed Trump and his national security team.

Reading from a prepared statement, Chung
 said the North Korean leader has expressed his “eagerness to meet with 
President Trump as soon as possible.”

Chung attributed the North Korean 
turnaround to Trump’s leadership and his maximum pressure policy 
together with international solidarity.

In his meeting with the North Korean leader, Chung said Trump is committed to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

“Kim pledged that North Korea will 
refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests. He understands that 
the routine joint military exercises between the Republic of Korea and 
the United States must continue. He expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible,” he said.

“President Trump appreciated the 
briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong-un by May to achieve permanent 
denuclearization. The Republic of Korea, along with the United States, Japan,
 and our many partners around the world, remain fully and resolutely 
committed to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” 
Chung said.

“Along with Trump, we are optimistic 
about continuing a diplomatic process to test the possibility of a 
peaceful resolution,” he said.

“The Republic of Korea, the United 
States, and our partners stand together in insisting that we not repeat 
the mistakes of the past, and that the pressure will continue until 
North Korea matches its words with concrete actions,” the South Korean 
national security adviser said.

Reacting to the announcement White House
 Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, “President Trump greatly 
appreciates the nice words of the South Korean delegation and President 
Moon. He will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place 
and time to be determined.”She added that the sanctions on the reclusive
 nation must remain.

“We look forward to the denuclearization
 of North Korea. In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure 
must remain,” Sanders said.

According to a senior administration official, Trump may meet the North Korean leader in couple of months.

Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the 
House Foreign Affairs Committee said Kim’s desire to talk shows 
sanctions the administration has implemented are starting to work.

“We can pursue more diplomacy, as we 
keep applying pressure ounce by ounce. Remember, North Korean regimes 
have repeatedly used talks and empty promises to extract concessions and
 buy time,” he said.


“North Korea uses this to advance its nuclear and missile programs. We’ve got to break this cycle. The United States and South Korea
 must stand shoulder-to-shoulder in applying the sustained pressure 
needed to peacefully end this threat. And Beijing must do its part,” 
Royce said.


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