North Korea’s government has spoken about its leader, Kim Jong Un’s wish to talk about nuclear weapons with President Donald Trump. Since it came directly from the country, it increases the likelihood of the meet-up given the fact that the Trump administration has made it clear it wanted North Korea to give up on the program.
Only last month Trump said that he would love to see Kim in a meeting. The North was the one that sent the invitation. It went to Washington, and then was finally accepted by Trump. “The US has confirmed that Kim Jong Un is willing to discuss the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula,” said a Trump official. Reports suggest that the meeting will likely be held in May.
Prior to this, Kim Jong Un and Trump have constantly insulted each other. Relations between the two got off to a rocky start this year after Kim made a televised appearance saying the US was within a ‘Nuclear Striking Range’. He said that North Korea was developing an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, to which trump replied with “It won’t happen!” On February 12th, North Korea tested the said ballistic missile in an attempt to challenge what Trump had said before. Trump wasn’t afraid and he wouldn’t hesitate to take unilateral action if China didn’t try to intervene.
Regarding the offer, Kim’s government hasn’t said anything specific about it, which again makes people question his willingness. The reports came from several sources. One official said that Kim agreed to give up the nukes. Another official added that the denuclearization of the peninsula might finally happen because they had made contact with Korean officials. It’s still unclear when the communication happened, be it the place or the time. The meeting hasn’t been confirmed, either, although many believe that it will be held next month.