South Korean Official: Trump To Meet With Kim Jong Un

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Officials: Trump Will Meet With Kim Jong Un

March 08, 2018 - 7:45 pm

WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) -- President Donald Trump said he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by May, a South Korean official said Thursday evening.

South Korean national security director Chung Eui-yong said Kim is “committed to denuclearization,” and is eager to meet with Trump.

The adviser added that Trump said he is willing to meet with Kim by May of this year.

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.