The meeting is scheduled to take place in May.
In the wake of comments by South Korea that the North has expressed a willingness to discuss “denuclearization” in return for the security of their regime, US President Donald Trump has accepted a meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
As noted by CNBC, “The invitation to meet was delivered in person by a South Korean envoy who met with Trump and key national security officials in the Oval Office on Thursday, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters following the announcement. Speaking outside the White House, South Korea’s National Security Office head Chung Eui-yon said Kim “expressed eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible.”
The location and exact time of the meeting is not yet set.
Kim Jong Un is saying that there won’t be any nuclear tests or missile tests while the discussions are ongoing.
A US official says the upcoming talks don’t mean the US has softened their position:
“We’re not even talking about negotiations. The president is not prepared to reward North Korea in exchange for talks, but he’s willing to meet and he expects North Korea to start putting action to these words.”
The official also stated that the United States, “will settle for nothing less than denuclearization. It’s what we expect and what the world expects.”
While it’s impossible to know how the meeting will go, it seems that North Korea is starting to feel more pressure from sanctions and the threat of US military action.
Trump’s unorthodox approach to North Korea has been criticized by many former foreign policy officials, but it should be noted that under those same officials North Korea’s nuclear program got stronger and stronger over the past two decades.
Trying a different approach has at least created the opportunity for a reduction in the threat posed by North Korea, and that opportunity is worth pursuing.