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White House says Trump will accept Kim Jong Un’s invitation to meet

FILE PHOTO: A combination photo shows Trump in New York and North Korean leader Jong Un in Pyongyang,

FILE PHOTO: A combination photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump in New York, U.S. September 21, 2017 and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, September 4, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque, KCNA/Handout via REUTERS/File Photos

The White House confirmed Thursday evening that President Donald J. Trump will accept an invitation by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to hold a meeting together, Fox News reports.

The reclusive North Korean leader extended an invitation to meet President Trump face-to-face, according to the White House. The president has agreed the two will meet by May, South Korean National Adviser Chung Eui-young stated.

“President Trump greatly appreciates the nice words of the South Korean delegation and President Moon,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday. “He will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined.

“We look forward to the denuclearization of North Korea,” Sanders said. “In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain.”

“President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization,” Chung said.

“He (Kim) pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear missile tests,” Chung said, adding that Trump’s “leadership” and “maximum pressure” towards the North Koreans brought us “to this juncture.”

According to an administration official, a “large delegation of United States government officials” were debriefed by a South Korean delegation, ABC News reports.

ABC News reported some of the U.S. officials in the room at the time were National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Thursday evening, Trump tweeted: “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!”

(Crusader Journal Staff)

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