President Donald Trump has agreed to make history.
Trump has agreed to meet with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, after South Korea’s national security adviser, Chung Eui-Yong, extended an invite out to the president. It will be the first time an active US president and a North Korean leader have sat down together.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders stated that Trump “…will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined.” The fact that the two outspoken leaders will share a room together after sparing virtually for the past year is a great political accomplishment. It gives Trump a chance to show the world that America can barter and initiate peace talks during his administration. Chung Eui-Yong has stated that Kim Jong Un is willing to put the nation’s nuclear and missile program on the table.
Both China and the US have stated that sanctions on North Korea will remain in place until an agreement can be made with Jong-Un. According to CNN, Some foreign powers are wary of the proposed meeting. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop stated that she welcomed “any dialogue with North Korea” but forewarned that “North Korea has a history of making agreements and then failing to honor them.” Speaking with reporters, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated that Japan and the US should, “keep putting maximum pressure until North Korea takes concrete actions toward denuclearization.”