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Kim Jong-un: talks with Trump could result in 'great achievement'

09 March 2018

US President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation to meet North Korea's Kim Jong-un, following months of diplomatic standoff that saw the two leaders exchange fiery military threats and personal insults.

Chung Eui-yong spoke outside the White House after a day of briefings with senior US officials, including Trump, on the recent inter-Korea talks.

That meeting in January led to North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics, the meeting between Kim's sister and Moon, and the follow-up meeting between South Korean envoys and Kim in Pyongyang.

"A Trump meeting with Kim presents both risks and opportunities", said Bonnie Glaser, an Asia expert at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies think tank.

"Well done President Trump", Rodman said in a statement after plans for the meeting were announced.

Jong-Un had "committed to denuclearisation" and to suspending nuclear and missile tests, Eui-yong said.

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Kim responded by calling the U.S. president a "mentally deranged USA dotard". That is 100% true, but we do not send the President of the United States, especially if it's Donald Trump, over there to do it. Kim agreed to Trump's demand that denuclearization must be on the table for any meeting to take place.

It would have been an unthinkable suggestion just a few months ago, when the insults were at their peak - Trump was a "senile dotard" and Kim was "Little Rocket Man" - and the North was snapping off regular weapons tests in a dogged march toward its goal of a viable nuclear arsenal that can threaten the U.S. mainland.

Ever-neutral Switzerland said it is ready to facilitate talks between North Korea and the United States, according to the Swiss foreign ministry.

It is most likely that North Korea is feeling the bite of worldwide sanctions.

Meanwhile, European Union spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic welcomed reports that the North is willing to discuss ending its nuclear programme and halt testing while talks take place, saying it could prepare the ground for a negotiated resolution. That, South Koreans know, was reason enough to broker the talks and, once under way, to keep them alive as long as possible. This seems to have come as quite a surprise and Mr. Chung said he had to get sign off from the South Korean President.

The real estate mogul has long insisted he can do a better job in solving the North Korea nuclear problem than any president who has gone before him. Trump has called Kim "rocket man", while Kim described Trump as a "dotard".

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The President reportedly spoke with just a handful of politicians before making his decision to accept the invitation. The images of television Korean show how Kim and his wife personally accompany South Korean delegates to ir vehicles, y say goodbye to m one by one with great cordiality and y remain waving ir hand until ir guests leave; An unthinkable gesture for years of tension and hard rhetoric between two Koreas. And the real talks, should they happen, were the culmination of long negotiations involving China and Russian Federation as well as South Korea, reportedly often working through the International Olympic Committee.

Cha's right. A senior Trump administration official said on Thursday that the United States will continue applying "sanctions and maxium pressure" on North Korea.

Both Trump and Kim say they have buttons - big nuclear buttons - but whose is biggest? "An American President visits Pyongyang, compelled by North Korea s nuclear and missile programs".

A summit between Kim and South Korea's president in a Korean border village is planned at the end of April, and Trump's meeting with Kim would be anticipated sometime in May at a place still undetermined.

Skeptics have warned that Washington shouldn't gift Kim the legitimacy of a grand summit with the US president - something he and his forebears have long sought - without North Korea giving up something significant.

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Kim Jong-un: talks with Trump could result in 'great achievement'