On Thursday, President Donald Trump teased a big announcement related to North Korea.
He said that South Korea will be making a “major statement” about North Korea.
This is major.
The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited President Donald Trump to meet and he agreed. South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui-Yong, who led a delegation to Pyongyang for talks with senior North Korean leadership, briefed the White House on the recent meeting in North Korea’s capital.
According to our source, America News Central, Chung said that North Korea is committed to denuclearization and stressed that Kim expressed “his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible.” The South Korean envoy revealed that “President Trump appreciated the greeting and said he would meet Kim Jong un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization.”
This announcement represents a significant development given that last summer, President Donald Trump was threatening North Korea with “fire and fury,” and a total destruction while Kim was warning that he would tame the president with fire.
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It is unclear why North Korea is deciding to pursue dialogue now, but there is evidence that North Korea is struggling under the weight of the president’s maximum pressure strategy. There are serious concerns about the “military option.” As Kim Jong un aspires to survive Donald Trump’s presidency, these factors may be affect him in making a decision.
At the same time, Kim Jong un has repeatedly heralded North Korea’s emergence as a nuclear power, so it is unclear whether Kim is approaching his landmark meeting for a position of confidence or desperation. South Korea credits President Donald Trump for his remarkable moment, as Chung explained that the president’s “leadership and his maximum pressure policy together with international solidarity brought us to this juncture.”