President Trump plans to meet Kim Jong Un for nuke talks

President Trump plans to meet Kim Jong Un for nuke talks

South Korean officials said Friday Trump nearly immediately agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, without preconditions, by the end of May.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is also welcoming the announcement that North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump have agreed to meet.

Fox News quoted an unidentified US official as saying that Chung would announce an invitation from Kim to meet Trump, no change to planned U.S.

News of a proposed meeting between USA president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been headline news around the world.

The head of South Korea's National Security Office, Chung Eui-yong, speaking in Washington on Thursday after briefing Trump about a meeting South Korean officials held with Kim this week, said the US president had agreed to meet the North Korean leader by May in response to an invitation from Kim.

Shortly after, then-US secretary of state Madeleine Albright traveled to Pyongyang to meet Kim Jong Un's father and predecessor, Kim Jong Il, in a visit to lay the groundwork for a visit by Clinton that would only happen after he had left office.

"If real negotiations result in verifiable arrangements aimed at the elimination of nuclear weapons programs in the DPRK and an end to the further development of long-range ballistic missiles, the principle source of tensions and hostility between the DPRK and the United States and the rest of the world will also be eliminated", said Robert Callucci, chief USA negotiator with the DPRK during the nuclear crisis of 1994. In his 2002 State of the Union speech, Bush described North Korea as part of an "axis of evil".

He mocked US Secretary of State Rex Tillersonin October for "wasting his time" trying to talk to North Korea.

The following year, the deal was annulled by the United Nations Security Council after the North conducted a nuclear weapon test.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, in a statement Friday, also welcomed another summit planned for April between Kim and South Korea's president.

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The prospect of a successful outcome to talks rests on another recent unprecedented development: North Korea has allegedly signalled its willingness to disband its nuclear weapons programme entirely.

Trump and Kim have repeatedly traded barbs in the past. Kim gave up nothing and will get the presidential meeting he always craved, for nothing. Trump now has the opportunity to achieve what no president has been able to achieve in seven decades of U.S. "They want to talk to the United States on an equal footing", says Coleman. "In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain".

The White House said the historic diplomatic meeting between the powerful leaders would take place, but wouldn't reveal when or where. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the sensitive diplomatic issue by name and spoke on condition of anonymity, said there was no letter from Kim to Trump, just an oral briefing from the South Korean officials.

North Korea is engaged in "a ploy to serve its own interests" and make Kim look like "a bold leader of a normal, peace-loving nuclear power", according to Duyeon Kim, a visiting research fellow at the Korean Peninsula Future Forum think-tank in Seoul.

House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce said the invitation was a sign that sanction pressure was working but he was skeptical of North Korea's motives. Sen.

Since 2008, photographer Eric Lafforgue ventured to North Korea six times.

In 2000, Marshal Jo Myong Rok, a powerful figure in the North Korean armed forces, became the first and most senior North Korean official to visit the White House and meet a U.S. president, then Bill Clinton.

News of the North Korean invitation to Trump for a meeting broke while Global's "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" was taping and the late night host stopped everything for an improvised monologue about the story.

They could also meet in the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between the rival Koreas or, Hong said, the southern South Korean resort island of Jeju.

The United States would prefer Washington, while North Korea will want Trump to come to Pyongyang, its capital.

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