Trump Says He'll Meet With North Korea's Kim in May or June
- Author: Rogelio Becker Apr 10, 2018,
Apr 10, 2018, 19:09
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un briefed top ruling party officials on his vision for the future direction of dialogue with the United States and his upcoming summit with South Korea's president, the North's official media reported Tuesday.
The confirmation from Pyongyang directly, rather than from third countries like South Korea, has created more confidence within Trump's administration about the wisdom of holding such a meeting as U.S. officials make secretive preparations.
Trump made the comments a day after USA officials said Pyongyang has told Washington that it is willing to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
"Now, when we meet with North Korea, it will be very interesting for the whole world", said trump.
But the North had remained publicly silent since its leader's invitation to talks was delivered to Trump by South Korean officials last month.
But following multiple reports of secret talks between the Cold War rivals, Mr Trump told reporters Monday he planned to meet Mr Kim in "May or early June".
They appear, however, to be much more low-key this year.
Kim's reported remarks drew a mixed response from North Korea watchers in Seoul and Washington.
Washington stunned observers when it announced last month it had agreed to a historic first meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Kim, to be held by the end of next month.
Speaking at the White House on Monday, Trump expressed hope that a deal to get Pyongyang to denuclearize might be made. Until now, the USA had relied mostly on ally South Korea's assurance of Mr. Kim's intentions. "But it would have been a lot easier if it were done five years ago, 10 years ago, 20 years ago", he said.
"However, many important decisions, such as the appointment of Kim as Supreme Commander in late 2011, or purge of Jang Song Thaek in 2013, seem to pass through the Politburo meetings (with both full and alternate members being present)", said Fyodor Tertitskiy, an NK Pro analyst.
The North Korea-China meeting came ahead of the meeting with South Korea, which will take place in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea.
The President said planning is continuing for the unprecedented meeting, which he said would address North Korea's nuclear weapons. He also confirmed direct communication between the United States and the Korean regime.
Kim sent a high-profile delegation to the Winter Games in the South in February, before making his worldwide debut last month with a visit to Beijing - his first overseas trip since taking power in 2011.