Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
North Korea has told United States officials that it is prepared to launch discussions the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, Reuters news agency reported on Sunday afternoon.
The anticipated summit between North Korean leader Kim Jung-un and U.S. President Donald Trump is set to take place before the end of May, after South Korean intelligence officials delivered an invitation to talks from Kim to the White House in early March.
It was reported recently that officials of the North, or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, had been in contact with Washington to set the meeting up, as Kim went to China to speak with President Xi Jingping, the sole key ally of the DPRK.
This is the first time Pyongchang has formally recognized the upcoming talks, according to Reuters, who cited a U.S. official, with Washington relying mostly on South Korea’s assurance of Kim’s objectives.
It came after a thawing of relations between the DPRK and the Republic of Korea during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, when the DPRK sent athletes and cheerleaders, and the North and South came together under the same flag for some events.
Should the meeting occur, it would be the first time since the Korean War in the 1950’s that a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader would meet.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders, and Trump, have said that “in the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain.”
More details to follow. Image of Kim Jung-un from previous files.