WASHINGTON, D.C. – It was announced this week that President Donald J. Trump plans to meet with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, one of America’s boldest enemies.
The possible meeting was announced by South Korean diplomats. President Trump revealed prior to that revelation that big news was coming.
Speaking just outside the White House’s West Wing last night, South Korean National Security Advisor Chung Eui-Yong delivered news that President Donald J. Trump’s maximum pressure policy — together with international solidarity driven by American leadership — had brought the North Korea situation to an important juncture.
“Today, I had the privilege of briefing President Trump on my recent visit to Pyongyang, North Korea,” Chung said. “In our meeting, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he is committed to denuclearization. Kim pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests. He understands that the routine joint military exercises between the Republic of Korea and the United States must continue.”
Kim also expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump “as soon as possible.” The President said he would meet Kim Jong-un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization.
After the South Koreans, whom Un has a massive military aimed at, broke news of the development, President Trump said, “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!”
Vice President Mike Pence also released a statement on North Korea, saying, “North Korea’s desire to meet to discuss denuclearization – while suspending all ballistic missile and nuclear testing – is evidence that President Trump’s strategy to isolate the Kim regime is working. The North Koreans are coming to the table despite the United States making zero concessions and, in close coordination with our allies, we have consistently increased the pressure on the Kim regime. Our resolve is undeterred and our policy remains the same: all sanctions remain in place and the maximum pressure campaign will continue until North Korea takes concrete, permanent, and verifiable steps to end their nuclear program.”
These new talks and meetings come after Un’s military continues to launch missiles and test nuclear weapons, along with the typical saber rattling that has taken place over the decades since outright armed conflict ceased. The United States and North Korea remain, technically, at war to this day. President Trump, however, seems to have no fear over the stormy past between the two countries as he embarks on mission of peace.