Trump Agrees to Meet With North Korea’s Kim Jong Un


South Korean National Security Office Head Chung Eui-yong announced this evening that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is committed to denuclearization and will refrain from further nuclear tests. Furthermore, Kim has invited President Donald Trump for a meeting, something Trump has agreed to do by May.

After the announcement, however, the White House noted that the meeting will take place at a time and location to be determined, indicating that it may not occur before May nor in North Korea.

This afternoon, President Donald Trump ducked his head into the White House briefing room — the first time he’s ever engaged with reporters there — to inform the press that South Korea would make a major announcement regarding North Korea at 7 PM ET.

The president didn’t provide any additional details on what the announcement would be other than indicating it would be significant. Earlier on Thursday, South Korean negotiators departed for the White House to provide the United States with details of the recent meeting South Korea had with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

“The most urgent issue is to make sure the United States and North Korea will engage in talks,” South Korean National Security Office Head Chung Eui-yong said as he left for Washington.

The South Korans met with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster this afternoon, presumably right before Trump gave the media a heads-up.

Prior to the announcement, made by Chung, it was reported that the delegation from South Korea handed President Donald Trump a letter from the North Korean leader.

And minutes before Chung took the podium, Fox News reported that the announcement would revolve around the invitation from Kim to Trump and that no changes would be made to the planned US/South Korea military exercises.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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