US President Donald Trump has agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The White House and South Korean officials visiting in Washington have confirmed that the meeting could take place in May. International media reports that the exact date and place of the meeting has not been discerned yet.
South Korean officials handed over an invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to President Trump on Thursday. South Korean National Security Adviser, Chung Eui-Yong said Kim Jong Un expressed interest in meeting with President Trump as early as possible. President Trump said, they can sit by May.
Meanwhile, South Korean officials have confirmed that North Korea has promised to stop all its nuclear and missile activities until the meeting. Trump would be the first sitting US president to meet with his North Korean counterpart.
In a tweet posted by US President Trump showed his optimism about this meeting. 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 being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!"
There have been threats and counter-threats between North Korea and the United States for almost a year. North Korea has carried out long-range intercontinental missile tests, which are able to hit the United States. At this time, the initiative of meeting two leaders is seen as a major development in reducing ongoing nuclear tensions.
Earlier this week, a delegation led by Chung headed to North Korea. They took part in a dinner with Kim Jong Un. In Pyongyang`s meeting, Kim and his senior officials showed interest in discussing with the United States. They said that they are ready for nuclear disarmament and normalize their relations.