March 8–Just days after meeting with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jung Un, South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong announced a major diplomatic breakthrough: U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim will meet by May of this year.
Speaking before at an impromptu press conference outside the White House, Chung announced the two leaders have agreed to meet by May.
Chung had just delivered a message from Kim to Trump that the North Korean leader is committed to denuclearization, would refrain from conducting further nuclear tests, and understands that routine joint-military exercises between the Republic of Korea and the United States would continue.
The announcement came just hours after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters that Trump and Kim were “a long ways” from holding direct talks. ““I think we just need to be very clear-eyed and realistic about it,” Tillerson said during a press conference on a trip in Ethiopia.
Chung is planning trips to China and Russia to brief leaders there while another member of the diplomatic delegation, Suh Hoon, is scheduling a visit to Japan. Meanwhile, Kim and Moon Jae-in, are scheduled to meet at a summit on their border in late April.by