North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is preparing for his three-day trip to the South Korean capital later this month; making a historic visit to Seoul to discuss the complete denuclearization of the region.
“North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has cleared three days later this month to make a historic first visit to Seoul to discuss ridding the Korea peninsula of nuclear weapons,” reports the New York Post.
The trip -set to start on December 18th– comes after the two leaders held high-level talks in recent months to find a permanent end to the decades-long conflict between North and South Korea.
President Trump met with Kim Jong Un during the historic Singapore Summit last June; pressing the communist leader to officially and permanently abandon his nuclear and missile weapons programs.
“That’s why I think the president thinks that another summit is likely to be productive,” added President Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton.
Read the full report at the New York Post.
COMING TO AMERICA: Kim Jong Un Accepts Trump’s Invitation to the White House
North Korean state-run news confirmed Tuesday evening that Kim Jong Un has formally accepted President Trump’s invitation to visit Washington, DC; setting the stage for future peace talks surrounding his nuclear weapons program.
According to the Hill, the communist leader accepted Trump’s invitation to travel to the United States; another landmark summit between the two leaders still technically at war since 1953.
“The report came on the heels of the two leaders met for the first time in Singapore Tuesday for an historic summit on eliminating North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Mr. Trump had said he intended to invite Mr. Kim to visit the White House,” writes the Washington Times.
#BREAKING Kim accepts Trump's invitation to visit US, says KCNA pic.twitter.com/inxPV5Kntj
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President Trump told reporters last week he “absolutely” planned to invite Kim Jong Un to the United States’ capital should their high-level negotiations “go well.”
“Kim Jong-un invited Trump to visit Pyongyang at a convenient time and Trump invited Kim Jong-un to visit the US,” KCNA reported.
More information as it develops.
END OF AN ERA: North and South Korea to Announce OFFICIAL END of Korean War
North and South Korean officials are prepared to announce an official end to the decades long Korean War this week; ending a military conflict between the two nations that have technically been at war since 1950.
According to CNBC, North and South Korean authorities are in talks to end hostilities ahead of next week’s historic meeting between communist dictator Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Lawmakers from the two countries are huddling in high-level talks to formalize a joint announcement officially ending the nearly 70-year conflict; discussing specific language that would end the “truce” that stopped the armed conflict and forge a lasting “peace treaty.”
“Pyongyang and Seoul have technically been at war since the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended with a truce — and not a peace treaty. Geopolitical tensions have occasionally flared up since the armistice, although to date both countries have managed to avoid another devastating conflict,” writes CNBC.
The summit between Kim and Moon Jae-in will set the stage for the North Korean dictator’s meeting with President Trump next month; the first time the leaders of North Korea and the United States will meet face-to-face.