South Korea’s national security adviser Chung Eui-yong says Kim Jong Un wants to meet Donald Trump following talks in Pyongyang.
Donald Trump has hailed the “great progress” made with North Korea after agreeing to meet with Kim Jong Un by May this year.
In an extraordinary turn of events, he confirmed on Twitter that a meeting was being planned despite the two leaders trading insults for months and economic sanctions on North Korea being ramped up in response to its nuclear weapons programme.
Mr Trump had previously threatened “fire and fury” in response to threats from North Korea. Mr Trump also referred to the North Korean leader as “Little Rocket Man”.
But today, the US leader tweeted: “Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearisation 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!”
It comes after South Korea’s national security adviser Chung Eui-yong announced at the White House Mr Kim’s desire to meet with Mr Trump following talks in Pyongyang on Monday.
“He (Mr Kim) expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible,” said the South Korean official. “President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearisation.”