New York, Mar 9: In a major development, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited US President Donald Trump for talks amid escalating tension between the two hostile countries, according to international media reports. A South Korean delegation on Thursday came to the White House and delivered a letter from Kim Jong Un to Donald Trump inviting him to meet. The US President reportedly agreed to meet the North Korean leader by May this year.
A senior US official said North Korea has offered to suspend their nuclear missile testing alongside their invitation for talks, reported CNN. Donald Trump has expressed an openness to dialogue with North Korea, but the US has clearly said North Korea must first take concrete steps toward denuclearization.
“Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!” Trump tweeted.
Tension between North Korea and the US have been at the peak, with Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump exchanging personal barbs against each other. Tensions escalated after North Korea’s test firing of missiles and conducting its most powerful hydrogen test in September last year. Trump had warned that the isolated regime would “face fire and fury like the world has never seen”.
Trump declared that his nuclear button was “much bigger” and “more powerful” than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un‘s after the latter threatened the US about Pyongyang’s nuclear capabilities. Pyongyang had referred to Trump as “dotard”, a word the reclusive nation has used against him in the past. Trump has previously derided North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “rocket man”.