The US President, Donald Trump, has agreed to meet the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, by May, a top South Korean official announced on Friday even as the White House said the two leaders would meet 'at a place and time to be determined.'
The 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 denuclearisation 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.