U.S. President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the White House said Thursday.
A senior South Korean official, who broke news of the invitation and Mr. Trump’s acceptance in an appearance in front of microphones at the White House on Thursday evening, said the meeting could be held by May.
The White House afterward confirmed the invitation but said the “time and place” of the meeting between the two leaders was yet to be determined. The press conference by South Korea’s national-security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, followed his passing of the invitation to Mr. Trump earlier in the day, though news of Mr. Kim’s overture and Mr. Trump’s acceptance appeared to catch several U.S. officials off guard.
The White House said in a statement that all U.S. sanctions on Pyongyang and its strategy of “maximum pressure” on the regime would remain in place.
In a tweet afterward, Mr. Trump said he believed he was seeing “great progress” from 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!” he wrote.
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…