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North Korea White House announcement LIVE: Donald Trump ‘to meet Kim Jong-un FACE TO FACE’

A “MAJOR North Korea announcement” will be made shortly and sources believe that details of a letter from Kim Jong-un to Donald Trump inviting him for a face to face meeting will be discussed, according to diplomatic sources.


The invitation is set to be at the heart of the announcement

The invitation is set to be at the heart of the announcement, however, it is also believed that a meeting between the despot leader and South Korea leader Moon Jae-in will also be detailed.

Despite the possibility of a diplomatic breakthrough between the US and North Korea, Donald Trump and Moon Jae-in are understood to be unchanged on their plans to conduct military drills around the peninsula.

01.12am: Donald Trump responds on Twitter

Donald Trump has given his reaction on Twitter and has Kim Jong-un spoke of full denuclearisation, not just a free of missile tests.

He said: “Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearisation 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!”


South Korea’s national security advisor Chung Eui-yong made the announcement

12.57am: Japan give their response to the announcement

Japan has given its response to the proposal of talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera has said North Korea need to commit to abandoning nuclear development completely if meaningful talks are to take place.

12.50am: Trump to agree to talks

Donald Trump’s Press Secretary has said Kim Jong-un’s offer of face-to-face talks will be accepted by the President.

She said: “President Trump greatly appreciates the nice words of the South Korean delegation and President Moon.

“He will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined.

“We look forward to the denuclearisation of North Korea.

“In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain.”

12.48am: Could Donald Trump visit Pyongyang before the UK?

In the announcement it was declared that the US President would meet his North Korean counterpart in the next few months.

South Korea's National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong said: “Kim Jong-un expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible.

“President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong Un by May to achieve denuclearisation.”

The US leader is not due to visit the UK until the autumn of this year.

It would be quite something if Donald Trump visits Pyongyang before London.

— Roland Hughes (@hughesroland) March 9, 2018

12.43am: Kim Jong-un ‘satisfied’ with plan to meet Tump

North Korea’s propaganda media organisation, KCNA, have stated that a “satisfactory agreement” was achieved following talks.

It said: “Hearing the intention of President Moon Jae-in for a summit from the special envoy of the south side, (Kim Jong-un) exchanged views and made a satisfactory agreement.”

12.14am: Chung Eui-yong thanks Mr Trump’s “maximum pressure policy”

Chung Eui-yong thanked Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure policy” for achieving a diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea.

He added that Kim Jong-un is “committed” to denuclearisation.

The despot leader also understands that joint military exercises between the US and South Korea “must continue”.

Kim Jong-un is “eager” to meet Donald Trump - Mr Chung stated that Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will meet by May to help achieve denuclearisation.

Finally, the South Korean official stated that “partners around the world”, such as Japan, are eager to test the possibility of a peaceful resolution to tensions.

Mr Chung added that “pressure will continue on North Korea” until it turns its words into actions.