President Donald Trump has agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Trump said ‘great progress’ is being made after it was revealed he had accepted an offer of a summit from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump added that Kim had agreed to halt missile testing ahead of the meeting, to happen by May, and discussed denuclearisation with South Korean officials during a recent meeting.
However sanctions will remain in place on North Korea ‘until an agreement is reached’, Trump confirmed. The remarkable turnaround in relations between two historic adversaries was announced by South Korean national security director Chung Eui-yong.
Mr Chung made a statement outside the White House after briefing Trump and other top US officials about a rare encounter with Mr Kim in Pyongyang on Monday. ‘He expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible,’ Mr Chung said.
‘President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearisation.’
The White House said the meeting between Mr Trump and his North Korean counterpart will be held ‘at a place and time to be determined’.