President Donald Trump said that the details of an anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are still being worked out with a ‘time and place to be determined.’
In a message posted to his Twitter feed Friday night, Trump also wrote that if a deal to arrange a summit between the two adversaries can be reached, it would be a positive development for the world.
‘The deal with North Korea is very much in the making and will be, if completed, a very good one for the World. Time and place to be determined,’ Trump wrote in the tweet.
In a message posted to his Twitter feed Friday night, Trump wrote that if a deal between the two adversaries can be reached it would be great for the world
The planned meeting drew immediate praise from other nations including the UK, Australia and Russia
South Korean national security director Chung Eui-yong speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 8, 2018
On Thursday, the commander-in-chief accepted an invitation to meet face-to-face with the reclusive despot in a dramatic development that caught most policy experts off guard.
South Korea’s national security adviser Chung Eui-yong first announced the face-to-face and claimed it was due to take place by May.
Chung says he relayed Kim’s commitment to denuclearization.
‘Kim pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests. He understands that the routine joint military exercises between the Republic of Korea and the United States must continue. And he expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible,’ the South Korean official said.
‘President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong-un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization,’ Chung said.
However, a statement from the White House did not confirm the two-month timeframe and said the place and time of the meeting was still being worked out.
On Thursday, the commander-in-chief accepted an invitation to meet face-to-face with the reclusive despot in a dramatic development
Governments around the world welcomed the announcement, with praise coming from the UK, Russia and Australia.
‘President Trump greatly appreciates the nice words of the South Korean delegation and President Moon. He will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined,’ White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement a half hour after South Korea’s announcement.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders faced questions from reporters about U.S. President Donald Trump accepting an invitation from North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un for face-to-face meetings on March 8, 2018
‘We look forward to the denuclearization of North Korea. In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain.’
Chung, who made the announcement on behalf of South Korea, led the delegation visiting North Korea earlier this week. The invitation to meet Trump was made to him directly by Kim.
The foreign official said that Kim understands and accepts the fact that joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises will continue and that he also made promises to halt nuclear and ballistic tests until the meeting with Trump takes place.
The planned meeting drew immediate praise from other nations.
A spokesperson for the British government said, ‘The UK welcomes the South Korean announcement that Kim Jong Un has made a renewed commitment to denuclearise and will refrain from further nuclear missile tests while dialogue continues.
‘We welcome the announcement of direct talks with President Trump by May and (South Korean) President Moon Jae-in in April.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, poses with Kim Yo Jong, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, for a photo at the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea Feb. 9, 2018
‘We have always been clear that we want Kim Jong Un to change path and put the welfare of his people ahead of the illegal pursuit of nuclear weapons.
‘We will continue to work closely with the US, South Korea and the international community to ensure that pressure on North Korea continues and sanctions are strictly enforced until Kim Jong Un matches his words with concrete actions. We will continue to monitor developments closely.’
A passenger reads a newspaper with headline of a planned summit meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump March 10, 2018
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also welcomed the news, saying that Russia considers the move ‘a step in the right direction.’
He went on to express hope that an agreement would be implemented because it is ‘necessary for normalizing the situation around the Korean peninsula.’
Australia’s former prime minister expressed surprise at how ‘surprisingly good’ Trump has been at foreign policy compared to his predecessors.
Bruce Klingner, former head of the CIA division for the Koreas, warned Trump to beware of Kim’s siren song.
‘Washington has fretted that Seoul’s acquiescence to North Korea’s Olympic charm offensive conveyed legitimacy to the regime and risked undermining international resolve to maintain pressure. The U.S. counseled its ally to exercise caution and move forward cautiously and only after lengthy preparations,’ said Klingner, a research fellow now at the Trump-aligned Heritage Foundation.
‘The Trump administration should take its own advice before it is seduced by the same sirens’ song,’ he said in a statement.
– In this Sept. 30, 2013, file photo, South Korean soldiers look toward the North Korean side as a North Korean solder approaches the UN truce village building on the DMZ