DONALD Trump has confirmed he is keen to meet with Kim Jong-un following the North Korean leader’s recent visit to China.
But the US President also stressed maximum sanctions and pressure on North Korea would continue ahead of their proposed talks in May.
In a pair of tweets posted overnight, he seemed optimistic, saying he believes “there is a good chance that Kim Jong Un will do what is right for his people and for humanity” adding that he was “Looking forward to our meeting!”
He also stressed that maximum sanctions and pressure must “unfortunately” be maintained.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders later told reporters: “We’re going to be cautiously optimistic but we feel like things are moving in the right direction and the meeting yesterday was a good indication that the maximum pressure campaign has been working.”
Chinese state media yesterday reported Kim promised to denuclearise the Korean peninsula following talks with President Xi Jinping.
“It is our consistent stand to be committed to denuclearisation on the peninsula, in accordance with the will of late President Kim Il-sung and late General Secretary Kim Jong-il,” China’s Xinhua News quoted Kim as saying.
“The issue of denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula can be resolved if South Korea and the United States respond to our efforts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking progressive and synchronous measures for the realisation of peace.”
The pledge represents a huge turnaround for Kim Jong-un who has made it his country’s goal to become a fully-fledged nuclear state.
The North Korean leader held “successful talks” with the Chinese president, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua.
“Xi said Kim’s current visit to China, which came at a special time and was of great significance, fully embodied the great importance that Comrade Chairman and the WPK Central Committee have attached to the relations between the two countries and the two parties,” Xinhua reported.
The report also said Kim had assured the Chinese leader he is committed to denuclearisation.
North Korean news agency KCNA hailed the visit as a “milestone” in improving ties between the two countries.