Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un to hold milestone meeting

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Donald Trump and Kim Jung Un

United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has announced holding a surprise meeting in person by May after months of mutual hostility.

News of the meeting was delivered by South Korean officials after having close door talks with Mr Trump at the White House.

The officials were reportedly said to have passed a verbal message from Mr Kim, saying the North Korean leader was ‘committed to denuclearisation’.

However, Trump hailed what he describe as a great progress but said sanctions would remain in place.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the news “came like a miracle”.

“If President Trump and Chairman Kim meet following an inter-Korean summit, complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula will be put on the right track in earnest,” he said.

China, who recommended the development, said the Korean peninsula issue was heading in the right direction and calling for political courage.

It was also learnt from correspondent that North has halted missile and nuclear tests during previous talks, only to resume all over when it lost patience or felt it was not getting what it demanded.

The latest development came days after South Korean delegation met with Mr Kim in Pyongyang.

South Korea’s National security Adviser, Chung Eui-yong, while speaking outside the White house, said he had delivered message that Mr Kim was committed to denuclearisation.

He said Kim had pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests.

In a statement sent to the Washington Post, North Korea’s UN ambassador said the “courageous decision” of North leader would help secure “peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and the East Asia region”.

Meanwhile, there is no indication yet of where Trump-Kim talks might take place, but Beijing and Korean border’s demilotarised zone (DMZ) are seen as option.

U.S Secretary of state, Rex Tillerson said it would take couple of weeks to arrange talks with North’s leader.

He also admitted the US was surprised at Kim Jong-un’s forward-leaning stance.

Just a day earlier, Tillerson had said the US was a long way from negotiations with the North Korea.

 

 

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