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Kim Jong Un Extends Olive Branch, Invites Trump To Come For Visit

March 09, 2018 - 12:17 pm
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WASHINGTON D.C. (1010 WINS) -- It was a shot from out of nowhere, and not even the White House was expecting it; North Korean leader Kim Jong Un extended an olive branch to President Donald Trump to come for a visit.

South Korea's National Security Director Chung Eui-yong walked out of a meeting at the White House and made a shocking announcement about North Korea's president.

"Kim Jong Un said he is committed to denuclearization," he said.

He said Kim promised to end his nuclear and missile testing and asked for a meeting with president Trump.

"President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong Un by May," he said.

He said along with Trump, they are committed and optimistic about talks and efforts to denuclearize North Korea.

The announcement signals a major breakthrough in frosty relationships between North Korea and the United States, as ABC News Radio’s Mark Remillard reported.

Trump hastily reached the decision to meet with Un and sent the White House staff in a rush to prepare an announcement, the Associated Press reported.

Following Chung’s announcement, the White House said Trump’s meeting with Kim would be held “at a place and time to be determined.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump “will accept the invitation to meet with” Kim and “greatly appreciates the nice words of the South Korean delegation'' and President Moon Jae-in.


Sanders said further that the U.S. looks “forward to the denuclearization of North Korea.” But she said sanctions will remain in place for now.

Traveling in Africa, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson went along with the idea.

"President Trump has said for some time that he was open to talks, and that he would willingly meet with Kim Jong Un when conditions were right, and the time was right, and I think in the president's judgement that time has arrived now," he said.

"This was the most forward leaning report that we've had in terms of Kim Jong Un's, not just willingness, but his strong desire for talks. So I think really what changed was his posture, in a fairly dramatic way in all honesty. That came as a little bit of a surprise to us, as well that he was so forward leaning in his conversations with the delegation from South Korea," Tillerson said Friday.

South Korea has praised Trump's leadership for making this happen. The rival Koreas have also agreed to hold a leadership summit in late April.