By Leah Barkoukis |Townhall
South Korea announced Thursday night that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is “committed” to denuclearization and has expressed his "eagerness to meet with President Trump as soon as possible."
In a brief statement outside the White House, South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong said President Trump has agreed to meet with Kim Jong Un by May to achieve denuclearization.
Chung, who said Kim understood joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea will continue, credited Trump with the diplomatic development.
"He (Kim) pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear missile tests," he said, adding that Trump's "leadership" and "maximum pressure" brought us "to this juncture."
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump "will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined."
"We look forward to the denuclearization of North Korea. In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain," she added.
The announcement comes after Chung led a South Korean delegation to Pyongyang earlier this week to meet with Kim, the first time since he took power in 2011.
On Tuesday, Chung said North Korea expressed its willingness to give up nuclear weapons and even holding talks with the United States.
"The North side clearly affirmed its commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and said it would have no reason to possess nuclear weapons should the safety of its regime be guaranteed and military threats against North Korea removed," he said.
Trump was cautiously optimistic about the message, writing on Twitter: "Possible progress being made in talks with North Korea. For the first time in many years, a serious effort is being made by all parties concerned. The World is watching and waiting! May be false hope, but the U.S. is ready to go hard in either direction!"
CNN Anchor Admits if Trump Makes Headway on North Korea, He'll Be a 'Great President'
By Cortney O'Brien | Townhall
South Korea made a major announcement Thursday that could have a major impact on U.S.-North Korea relations. President Trump has agreed to meet with Kim Jong Un, provided the North Korean dictator agree to denuclearization.
“President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization” South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong said outside of the White House.
Trump confirmed the news soon after the press conference, although he noted he is taking a cautious approach to the talks.
Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!
Erin Burnett moderated the CNN panel tasked with immediately analyzing the news. At one point, Burnett made a stunning admission. Should Trump "solve" the North Korea problem, he will be going down as a great president.
"There's no getting around that," she said.
RNC Spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany noticed that a few other networks that are normally combative with the administration offered similar praise for the president.
A meeting with the North Korean leader may have seemed out of the question last year, when Trump was routinely referring to him as "Rocket Man." At the UN General Assembly in September, Trump warned Kim Jong Un that the U.S. will not hesitate to respond to his country's continued aggression.