North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un suggested over the weekend his willingness to not only “cease” his nuclear program, but to completely hand over his weapons should the US pledge never to preemptively “invade” the Hermit Kingdom.
The continued thawing of relations between the US, North, and South Korea continued Sunday, with the brutal despot agreeing to cede his weapons to external authorities if Trump agrees to halt any future attacks on the communist nation.
According to the New York Times, Kim’s concession comes as the dictator agreed to allow both US and South Korean nuclear experts into his country to examine his facilities and testing sites.
The possible two-year denuclearization agreement would need “full, complete, total disclosure of everything related to their nuclear program with a full international verification,” said John Bolton, the President’s National Security Adviser.
“I know the Americans are inherently disposed against us, but when they talk with us, they will see that I am not the kind of person who would shoot nuclear weapons to the south, over the Pacific or at the United States,” the North Korean ruler told the South Korean President this week.
PEACE IN KOREA: President Trump ENDORSES Official End of Korean War
President Trump officially endorsed the end of the 68-year-long Korean War Tuesday, saying both nations have his “blessing” to proceed with negotiations that would forge a lasting peace on the peninsula for the first time since 1950.
The Commander-in-Chief was speaking with reporters in Florida when he was asked to weigh-in on multiple reports that North and South Korean officials were discussing a permanent “peace agreement” over the decades-long conflict.
Breaking News: President Donald J Trump says South Korea has plans to meet with North Korea to discuss ending the decades-long war. https://fxn.ws/2qF1tzT“They do have my blessing to discuss the end to the war.”
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“North Korea’s coming along. South Korea is meeting with North Korea to see if they can end the war, and they have my blessing on that,” said Trump.
“Without us they wouldn’t be discussing anything… They do have my blessing to discuss the end of the war. People don’t realize the Korean War has not ended, it’s going on right now,” he added.
Watch the President’s remarks above.
PEACE IN KOREA: North and South Korea INSTALL HISTORIC Hotline Between Leaders
North and South Korea have opened a historic hotline directly linking the two leaders ahead of next week’s high-stakes summit; potentially clearing a path towards the official end of the 68-year long Korean War.
According to Fox News, the hotline is a direct link between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un; a major step towards de-escalating tensions in the region following North Korea’s multiple nuclear and missile tests.
“The historic direct telephone line between the leaders of the South and North was connected a short while ago,” confirmed South Korean officials.
“The test call went on for 4 minutes and 19 seconds starting at 3:41 p.m. with (officials from) both sides speaking to each other … The connection was smooth and the voice quality was very good. It was like calling next door,” he said.
Military experts say the hotline is reminiscent of the private links between Moscow and Washington during the Cold War, when each leader had a direct method of contacting each other in the event of a potential nuclear strike.