With Agency reports
U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to meet Kim Jong Un, leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), by May at Kim’s invitation.
Kim who made the invitation has pledged to refrain from further nuclear tests and move toward denuclearization, according to South Korean officials.
The surprise announcement was made by South Korean National Security Advisor Chung Eui-Yong in a short statement outside the White House. The White House later said no firm timetable was set.
A senior administration official however denied that an official letter was written. He said the sentiments from Kim were conveyed verbally to Trump during a briefing in the Oval Office at the White House on Thursday.
The White House later confirmed that Trump would accept Kim’s invitation to meet, but a senior administration official told reporters on a call after the announcement that “at this point, we’re not even talking about negotiations.”
“What we’re talking about is an invitation by the leader of North Korea to meet face to face with the president of the United States,” the official said. “The president has accepted that invitation.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that the plan to hold talks with Kim was “a decision the president took himself” and it was “something he’s had on his mind for quite some time.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said China sees the agreement as a step in the right direction for the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, and China fully commends and supports the efforts made by the parties concerned to solve the issue through dialogue and consultation.