The leaders of North and South Korea will hold high-level discussions next month ahead of Kim’s meeting with President Trump; announcing the rare international summit as both nations aim to soothe tensions after years of heated rhetoric and massive war games.
According to the Associated Press, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will hold private discussions with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on April 27th at a border village located in the de-militarized zone between the two nations.
North Korea and South Korea have effectively been in a state of war since 1953.
“Both sides agreed to prepare for (the summit) in a way that would allow sincere and heartfelt discussions (between the leaders). If there’s a need, we decided to continue discussions on the summit agenda through follow-up high-level meetings in April,” said Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon.
“Both sides will continue working-level discussions (on the agenda) while focusing on the issues surrounding the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the stabilization of peace and the development of relations between the South and North,” Cho added.
The talks will likely focus on Kim’s future meeting with President Donald Trump; setting the stage for the first talks between the leaders of North Korea and the United States since the Korean War.
CRISIS IN KOREA: 4.7 Million North Koreans Join Kim's Army to 'Destroy' USA
North Korean state-run media claimed Thursday that nearly five million citizens enlisted or re-enlisted in the country’s military to help defend the communist nation should war break out on the Korean peninsula.
According to USA Today, North Korean officials released a statement saying that millions of citizens have joined Kim’s army to “bring fire” to the United States. Over one million women enlisted to help the dictator “counter” American forces in the region.
“Over the past six days, millions of young men expressed their will for military enlistment to counter the U.S. force, and even some 1.22 million women vowed to voluntarily follow suit,” said the news agency.
The statement from Pyongyang comes hours after the Chinese government announced they would be shutting down all Korean-backed businesses operating in China within 120 days. Beijing’s new policy effectively cripples the North Korean economy, making it nearly impossible to import fuel, food, and other necessities.
China’s decision comes on the heels of punishing, US-led sanctions from the United Nations following Kim’s continued nuclear and missile tests. Earlier this month, dictator Kim Jong Un successfully tested a hydrogen bomb and launched a medium-range ballistic missile over Japanese Territory.
In response, President Trump warned Kim that the United States was prepared to “totally destroy” his regime should he continue to expand his weapons and missile programs; saying that “Rocket Man” Kim Jong Un was on a “suicide mission” against the United States.
KIM IN CHINA: The Brutal Dictator SEEKS ADVICE Ahead of Trump Showdown
After days of speculation, North Korea and Chinese officials confirmed Kim Jong Un’s last-minute trip to Beijing Monday; setting the stage for his face-to-face showdown with President Trump in the coming weeks.
The brutal dictator’s surprise visit was hailed by President Trump on social media, who called for “maximum sanctions and pressure” as the two-leaders prepare for their first meeting before a May deadline.
“Received message last night from XI JINPING of China that his meeting with KIM JONG UN went very well and that KIM looks forward to his meeting with me. In the meantime, and unfortunately, maximum sanctions and pressure must be maintained at all cost!” Trump tweeted.
Received message last night from XI JINPING of China that his meeting with KIM JONG UN went very well and that KIM looks forward to his meeting with me. In the meantime, and unfortunately, maximum sanctions and pressure must be maintained at all cost!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2018
The despot doubled-down on his willingness to negotiate his nuclear arsenal with South Korea and the United States during a fiery speech Monday, saying “the issue of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula can be resolved.”
“The issue of denuclearization 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 realization of peace,” Kim said.