Trump accepts invitation to meet North Korea's Kim Jong

Trump accepts invitation to meet North Korea's Kim Jong

Trump accepts invitation to meet North Korea's Kim Jong

"But let's not forget that the North Koreans did promise something: They've promised to denuclearize, they've promised to stop nuclear and missile testing, and they've recognized that we're going to continue in our military exercises".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday said Washington had been surprised by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's willingness to hold direct talks with the U.S. on the nuclear standoff in the Korean peninsula.

The sudden news of the meeting between Kim and Trump came on Thursday night, as South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong said that Kim extended an invitation to meet Trump, and the president agreed that the two would meet by May.

"Much respect to President Trump and Marshall Kim Jong Un for their upcoming historic meeting".

February 9: Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, becomes the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the South since the end of the Korean War.

US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart have discussed the meeting with North Korea's leader as leaders welcomed the dramatic breakthrough in the nuclear crisis.

"Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached", Trump said.

The only prominent American who has met Kim is former basketball star Dennis Rodman, who Trump once fired from his reality show Celebrity Apprentice.

In a statement published in the South Korean news agency Yonhap, Moon declared, "The denuclearisation and peace of the Korean Peninsula is becoming a reality".

The North's official party newspaper dismissed Trump's "swaggering" as nothing but the "spasm of a lunatic" frightened by North Korea's power, and the "bark of a rabid dog".

Moon said the Pyeongchang games set the stage for his own summit with Kim next month at Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between the two countries.

On Thursday, Chung praised Trump's "leadership and his maximum pressure policy" for paving the agreement with North Korea.

The United States has long said it wants any talks to aim at Pyongyang abandoning its nuclear weapons and missile programs.

In February, Trump also announced the United States' "heaviest ever" sanctions against North Korea to prevent it from further developing its nuclear programme.

"He will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

A day later, the top U.S. diplomat insisted the United States had been "saying for some time that we're open to talks" with the North Koreans and that Trump's decision was "no surprise", coming on the heels of recent intra-Korean dialogue and contacts through other channels.

The US dollar had tumbled to 16-month lows against the safe-haven yen late last week as fears of a trade war rattled markets after Trump announced his plan for imposing tariffs on imported steel and aluminium. Trump has called Kim "rocket man", while Kim described Trump as a "dotard".

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