The White House announced Thursday night that United States President Donald Trump has agreed to meet with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which would be the first time the two nations have ever met. According to South Korea’s national security adviser Chung Eui-yong, the meeting will take place by May, during his meeting with President Trump to extend the invitation, it was announced that Kim Jong-un had offered to put his countries nuclear and missile program up for discussion, and has also agreed not to initiate any more missile tests until the meeting.
Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary released a statement following the meeting, “He will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined. We look forward to the denuclearization of North Korea. In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain.” This means that the military drill set for next month between South Korea and the United States will still take place. Many times in the past Kim Jong-un has used these drills as a way to validate his own countries missile tests, so it will be interesting to see if they have the same effect this time, or if Kim Jong-un plans on staying true to his word.
The decision for the two countries to meet came as a shock to many in President Trump’s cabinet, as well as leaders all over the world. South Korea’s President Moon said, “This is an almost miraculous event; my administration will prepare for the meeting with utmost diligence.”
Sanctions Will Remain
President Trump took to Twitter Thursday night to reiterate that all of the current sanctions against North Korea will continue to stand between now and the meeting, “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. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!”
Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.