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Weekend Reads President Trump agrees to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un by May

03:07  09 march  2018
03:07  09 march  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he would meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un by May to achieve denuclearization, South Korean National Security Advisor Chung Eui-Yong said Thursday in a short statement outside the White House.

The stunning agreement to meet came after North Korea pledged to refrain from further nuclear tests during negotiations. In recent talks with South Korea, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un "expressed eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible," the South Korean national security advisor, who briefed Trump Thursday, said.

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The South Korean delegation also delivered a letter from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to the White House Thursday, a senior U.S. official told NBC News.

The South Koreans were at the White House Thursday to brief U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and other top officials on recent talks with the North Korean regime.

News of the letter comes amid promises from President Trump that a "major statement" on North Korea would be coming from the White House Thursday night.

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President Trump has agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for talks by the end of May , an extraordinary development following months of heightened nuclear tension during which the two leaders exchanged frequent military threats and insults.

“ Kim Jong - un pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests. He understands the routine joint military exercises between the Republic of Korea and the United States must continue.” He added that the Kim had “expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as

South Korean National Security Advisor Chung Eui-Yong is expected to brief reporters from outside the White House.

Earlier this week, Pyongyang signaled its willingness to hold talks with Washington on denuclearization, saying it will suspend its nuclear tests while talks are underway.

Asked about the developments earlier this week, Trump expressed optimism, saying he believed overtures from the North Koreans were "sincere," attributing them to "very, very strong" sanctions and increased pressure from China.

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