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Trump accepts invitation to meet Kim Jong-un

IANS  |  Washington 

US has accepted an invitation to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, an extraordinary development following months of heightened nuclear tension and frequent threats and insults, said.

The news was confirmed on Thursday night by both the and visiting South Korean

"Trump greatly appreciates the nice words of the South Korean delegation and Moon. He will accept the invitation to meet with at a place and time to be determined. We look forward to the denuclearisation of North In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain," quoted as saying.

After meeting Trump at the White House, Chung said: "He (Kim) expressed his eagerness to meet Trump as soon as possible.

"Trump said he would meet by May."

Chung however, did not provide any information on where the meeting would take, reports The Post.

Chung led the South Korean delegation earlier this week to North Korea, where Kim and his senior cadre expressed a willingness to hold talks with the US and were prepared to discuss denuclearisation and normalising relations.

In Seoul, the presidential clarified that the meeting would occur by the end of May.

Trump also expressed his optimism about the meeting in a post on Twitter, saying that Kim had "talked about denuclearisation with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze", reported.

"Also, no missile testing by North during this period of time... Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!"

Trump and Kim have spent the past year making belligerent statements about each other, with Trump mocking Kim as "Little Rocket Man" and pledging to "totally destroy" North and Kim calling the ­American ­a "dotard" and a "lunatic" and threatening to send nuclear bombs to Washington, D.C.

No sitting American has ever met a North Korean leader, The Post reported.

Former met Kim's grandfather Kim Il-sung, and former met his father, - during visits to after they had left office.

Both Carter and also went to to collect Americans who had been imprisoned by the regime.

Since he took over the leadership of North from his father at the end of 2011, has not met any other

Discussions were now underway to hold a summit with South Korean Moon Jae-in in the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas at the end of next month.

After a year in which North fired intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching all of the US and tested what is widely thought to have been a hydrogen bomb, such a moratorium would be welcomed by and the world.



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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 08:40 IST