President Donald Trump is set to become the first ever US president to meet with a North Korean leader after he agreed to
After months of trading insults and threatening to ‘totally destroy’ the country, Trump agreed on Thursday to meet with Kim for a summit to negotiate an end to Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.
No sitting American president has ever met with a North Korean leader.
The meeting would be unprecedented during seven decades of animosity between the US and North Korea. The countries remain in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty.
‘Great progress being made,’ Trump tweeted after the South Korean national security director, Chung Eui-yong, announced the plans to reporters in a hastily called appearance on a White House driveway.
Trump added that sanctions will remain in place until there’s a deal.
It has been suggested that the upcoming summit is somewhat of a gamble and could be seen as a diplomatic win for North Korea given the country has been after international respect for years.
The meeting between Kim and Trump, who have exchanged bellicose insults in the past year that have raised fear of war, would be a major turnaround after a year in which North Korea has carried out a battery of tests aimed at developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.