This is a developing story.
President Donald Trump will meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un as soon as this May.
The revelation comes from a South Korean official.
The White House has confirmed a meeting. “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. We look forward to the denuclearization of North Korea. In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
The Associated Press reports, in these bulletins from their newswire. All times EST.
South Korea’s national security director says President Donald Trump has decided he will meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un “by May.”
Chung Eui-yong spoke outside the White House after a day of briefings with senior U.S. officials, including Trump, on the recent inter-Korea talks. Chung says Trump said “he would meet Kim Jong Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula.
Chung says Kim told the South Koreans he is “committed to denuclearization” and pledged that “North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests.”
The meeting would be the first of its kind between a leader of North Korea and a sitting president of the United States. The two countries have been in a formal state of war since the Korean War in the 1950s.
President Donald Trump says an upcoming announcement about North Korea is “almost beyond” talks between Washington and Pyongyang.
Trump announced earlier that South Korea will be making a “major statement” about North Korea at 7 p.m. Eastern time Thursday.
An ABC News producer tweets that ABC reporter Jon Karl asked Trump privately if the statement will be about talks between the U.S. and North Korea. Trump responded: “It’s almost beyond that. Hopefully, you will give me credit.”
Trump teased the announcement in the White House press briefing room. It comes after hours of consultations at the White House between U.S. and South Korean officials over recent inter-Korean talks.