South Korea's national security adviser today announced he told President Donald Trump that Kim Jong Un says he's committed to denuclearization, and that Trump agreed to make it happen by May, as North Korea has proposed.
“He pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests," said South Korea's Chung Eui-yong, and "President Trump would meet Kim Jong-un by May to achieve denuclearization."
The South Korean envoy was reading out the announcement on behalf of the White House? Why is South Korea announcing this? Who knows. Nothing matters.
No conditions specified, for now.
Kim Jong Un today said he is committed to total denuclearization. The talks will effectively freeze North Korea's nuclear program -- the reclusive leader has agreed to suspend all tests and activities while negotiations are ongoing.
I wonder if Trump's "aides" have explained that to him. Or, if in their toddler-handling, they have led him to believe that this offer is something unusual. Or perhaps he imagines that only he can go Pyongyang. (2/3)— Jeffrey Lewis (@ArmsControlWonk) March 9, 2018
This is literally how the North Korean film "The Country I Saw" ends. An American President visits Pyongyang, compelled by North Korea's nuclear and missile programs to treat a Kim as an equal. (3/3)https://t.co/l3TqT2v8KL— Jeffrey Lewis (@ArmsControlWonk) March 9, 2018
PS: To be clear -- we need to talk to North Korea. But Kim is not inviting Trump so that he can surrender North Korea's weapons. Kim is inviting Trump to demonstrate that his investment in nuclear and missile capabilities has forced the United States to treat him as an equal.— Jeffrey Lewis (@ArmsControlWonk) March 9, 2018