North Korea Invites Trump to Meeting With Kim Jong Un, U.S. Officials Say

South Korea's national security director says President Donald Trump has decided he will meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un "by May."Chung Eui-yong spoke outside the White House after a day of briefings with senior U.S. officials, including Trump, on the recent inter-Korea talks. Chung says Trump said "he would meet Kim Jong Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula.Chung says Kim told the South Koreans he is "committed to denuclearization" and pledged that "North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests."The meeting would be the first of its kind between a leader of North Korea and a sitting president of the United States. The two countries have been in a formal state of war since the Korean War in the 1950s.The invitation followed an announcement from Trump that South Korea would be making a "major statement" about North Korea on Thursday evening.After his teasing announcement to reporters, Trump was asked whether the announcement would be about talks with North Korea and he told ABC reporter Jon Karl: "It's almost beyond that. Hopefully, you will give me credit."Trump spoke after South Korean officials briefed the White House on the outcome of their pathfinding meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Seoul has already publicized that North Korea offered talks with the United States on denuclearization and normalizing ties, a potential diplomatic opening after a year of escalating tensions over the North's nuclear and missile tests. The rival Koreas also agreed to hold a leadership summit in late April.Top Trump administration officials got a chance to hear firsthand from South Korean national security director, Chung Eui-yong, who led the delegation that went to Pyongyang and met Kim on Monday.Chung told reporters on Tuesday that he received a message from North Korea intended for the United States, but didn't disclose what it was. According to Chung, the North also agreed to suspend nuclear and missile tests during such future talks -- a longstanding U.S. demand.  Continue reading...

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