Donald Trump said on Thursday night he would meet Kim Jong-un within two months and the North Korean leader has vowed to stop nuclear tests.
In an extraordinary development, the US president said he would sit down with the North Korean leader “by May”, which, if it goes ahead, would be the first time a sitting US president has met a North Korea leader.
It followed an invitation from Mr Kim to talk, which was conveyed to the White House by South Korean officials after they met with the North Korean leader.
Chung Eui-yong, the head of South Korea’s National Security Office, said Mr Kim had indicated he was committed to denuclearisation, and had pledged the rogue nation would refrain from nuclear and missile tests.
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
The South Korean official, speaking in the White House driveway after meeting Mr Trump, said: “He (Mr Kim) expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible.
“President Trump appreciated the briefing, and said he would meet Kim Jong-un by May to achieve permanent denuclearisation.”
The White House said Mr Trump’s meeting with the North Korean leader would be held “at a place and time to be determined.”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, said Mr Trump “will accept the invitation to meet with” Mr Kim.
She added that the US looked “forward to the denuclearisation of North Korea,” but said all sanctions would remain in place in the meantime.