North Korea’s Kim Jong Un claims that he wants to denuclearize by the end of U.S. President Donald Trump’s first term, according to Seoul officials. The reported comments mark the first time the hermit kingdom has offered a timeline. They could help restart talks between the U.S and North Korea after Trump canceled a visit to Pyongyang by his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, last month, citing lack of progress.
North Korea’s official KCNA news agency said Kim told the South’s envoys that his “fixed stand” was to turn the Korean Peninsula into “a cradle of peace without nuclear weapons, free from nuclear threat.” Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet in Pyongyang on Sept. 18-20, it was also announced. Donald Trump was quick to respond to Kim’s latest comments, tweeting, “Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims ‘unwavering faith in President Trump.’ Thank you to Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!” Read more.