Trump To Meet Kim Jong-Un By May To Discuss North Korean Permanent Denuclearisation

| March 9 , 2018 , 10:36 IST

Marking a landmark step in the on-going tussle over North Korea's nuclear proliferation, the nation's supreme leader Kim Jong-Un expressed eagerness to meet with US President Donald Trump to discuss denuclearisation, said South Korean National Security Advisor Chung Eui-Yong On Friday.

Trump has agreed to meet with Jong-Un by May, the White House announced, in the first ever meeting between a serving US President and leader of North Korea.

North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un views were expressed by a delegation of South Korean officials, who recently met with Jong-Un in Pyongyang, in the first visit by a foreign delegation with Jong-Un since he came to power in 2011.

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After meeting Jong-Un in Pyongyang, the South Korean delegation met with President Trump, and addressed the media.

"I told President Trump that in our meeting, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he is committed to denuclearization. Kim pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests," South Korea's National Security Advisor Chung Eui-Yong said.

"He [Jong-Un] understands that the routine joint military exercise between the Republic of Korea and the United States must continue and he expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible," Eui-Yong said.

"President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization," said the National Security Advisor.

In an official statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that while US President appreciates the efforts and accepts the invitation, all sanctions will remain.

"He will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined. We look forward to the denuclearization of North Korea. In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain," said the statement.

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Since September 2017, when North Korea claimed it had tested a thermonuclear hydrogen bomb, the US has been implementing increasing sanctions against the nation, and Trump and Jong-Un have exchanged insults and threats as well.

In a tweet, President Trump appreciated the 'great progress' being made but emphasised that the meeting does not indicate a lifting of the sanctions against North Korea.

"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!" Trump tweeted.