President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are due to meet in person by May, South Korean officials confirmed after talks with the president at the White House.
The South Koreans delivered an oral message from Kim Jong Un, saying that the North Korean leader was “committed to denuclearization.”
President Trump welcomed the “great progress” but said the sanctions would remain in place.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the news “came as a miracle”.
He said: “If President Trump and President Kim meet after an inter-Korean summit, the full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula will be put on the right track.”
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China welcomed the development, saying the issue of the Korean Peninsula was “going in the right direction” and called for “political courage”.
However, North Korea has stopped missile and nuclear tests during previous talks to resume them when it loses patience or feels it is not getting what it wants.
The latest announcement came days after the South Korean delegation met with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang.
Speaking to the White House after President Trump’s briefing, South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Oi-Yong said he had announced that Kim Jong Un was “committed to denuclearization” and “promised that North Korea would refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests. “
According to a statement sent to Washington Post, The UN ambassador to North Korea said Kim Jong Un’s “bold decision” would help ensure “peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and the East Asian region.”
There is still no information on where the talks between Trump and Kim can take place, but the demilitarized zone of Korea (DMZ) and Beijing are considered possible options.