President Trump has done it again. The seasoned businessman and expert negotiator has brought North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un to the table. While this is an incredible victory for Trump, it’s also a historic moment in United States’ history.
After talks with North Korea officials in Pyongyang on Thursday, South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui-Yong delivered a message to President Trump. It was a personal, verbal invitation from Kim asking for a meeting.
Speaking to reporters, Chung said that North Korea is considering denuclearization and that Kim “is eager to meet President Trump as soon as possible.” Proving his commitment to pursue a peaceful resolution, Trump agreed to sit down with Kim as early as May.
Even better than the meeting, Kim agreed to cease all missile testing while talks are underway with the U.S. The president took to Twitter to share the news Thursday evening. In his tweet, Trump made it clear the pressure won’t ease without a deal.
“Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time,” Trump wrote. “Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!”
Trump Makes History Again
When this meeting happens, it will be the first time an American president has met with an official leader of North Korea. Because the Korean War ended with an armistice, the U.S. is still technically at war with the peninsula.
Nevertheless, this news comes after months of tough talk between the two leaders and even tougher sanctions. The United Nations imposed sanctions in August and the president continued applying maximum pressure essentially choking-off income to Pyongyang.
While the motives behind the invitation from Kim are unclear, the fact he is willing to talk is a good sign. South Korea credits Trump’s “leadership and his maximum pressure policy together with international solidarity,” for making it happen.