Trump Lauds Potential Northkorea Summit as 'Really Exciting for the Entire World'

Kim Jong Un to discuss on denuclearisation with US

President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will likely take place in late April or early May, Trump confirmed during a cabinet meeting Monday.

Kim gave a "profound analysis and appraisal" of the prospects for North Korea-US dialogue at a meeting of the Politburo of the ruling party's Central Committee, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

Last month, Mr. Trump suddenly admitted an invitation to meet with Mr. Kim later South Korean authorities delivered the message that the reclusive leader had been willing to speak left his nuclear weapons program.

North Korea's parliament, the Supreme People's Assembly, is scheduled to convene on Wednesday.

The main issue at the summit will be North Korea's nuclear programme.

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 US officials make secretive preparations.




Trump later threatened to hold off on signing the renegotiated deal until after his summit with Kim, which was widely seen as a move to pressure Seoul to remain tough with Pyongyang.

The Korean Times' report of the dinner speculates that Mr Chung felt comfortable asking the question because in Korea, age is still taken much like rank - the the older the person, the more senior they are.

The US State Department has been in contact with the North Korean UN mission, while the intelligence services of both countries have been conducting parallel talks. Before that, Washington had relied mostly on South Korea's assurances of Kim's intentions.

Chung Eui-yong, the director of the South Korean National Security Council, advised Kim Jong Un to stop smoking during a conversation.

Kim Dong-yub, a professor at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies (IFES) at Kyungnam University, said that Pyongyang and Washington held very different views on the upcoming talks. But some South Korean analysts advising President Moon Jae-in ahead of his own summit with Kim, to be held at the end of this month, say Kim knows that insisting on them is unrealistic.

There had been some suspicion that the meeting might not happen because North Korea still hasn't publicly announced Kim's offer to meet Trump. The Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar has also been raised as a possible location, the sources said.

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