President Trump has received an invitation to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to discuss the possibility of denuclearizing of the rogue nation — and Trump agreed to have the historic sit-down within the next two months.
The invitation came through South Korean government officials who announced the historic diplomatic proposal during a press conference at the White House on Thursday night.
BREAKING: White House says meeting between Trump and North Korean leader will be held 'at a place and time to be determined'
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 9, 2018
The Daily Caller reports,
South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui-Yong, who recently led a delegation to Pyongyang for talks with North Korean leadership, briefed the White House on the recent meetings in the North Korean capital Thursday. Chung delivered a letter to Trump from Kim Jong Un personally inviting the president to meet the young dictator.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 9, 2018
Chung told reporters Thursday night that North Korea is committed to denuclearization and stressed that Kim expressed “his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible.” The South Korean envoy revealed that Trump will meet Kim and do so before May.
This unusual overture follows a period of engagement between North and South Korea after a year of frequent nuclear and missile testing. The North has, according to South Korea, offered to put a moratorium on weapons testing while dialogue is underway.
Thursday’s announcement represents a significant development given that just last summer, Trump was threatening North Korea with fire and fury and total destruction while Kim was warning that he would tame the president with fire.
It is unclear why North Korea is deciding to pursue dialogue now, but there is significant evidence that North Korea is struggling under the weight of the president’s maximum pressure strategy. There are also reportedly serious concerns about the “military option.” As Kim Jong Un likely aspires to survive the Trump presidency, these factors may be affecting his decision making.