Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump (photo illustration)
(FOX/AP) - North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has asked to meet with President Donald Trump, who has agreed. But when this will take place is unclear because of conflicting information.
At the White House Thursday, South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong said Trump would meet with Kim by May to "continue the goal of denuclearization."
But shortly after the announcement, the White House in a statement did not specify when the summit between Trump and North Korean leader would happen.
"The president 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," Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. "We look forward to the denuclearization of North Korea. In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain."
Kim, according to Chung, understands that joint military exercises between South Korea and the U.S. will continue, FoxNews.com reported. The North Korean leader, according to recent talks with Chung, also claimed to be "committed to denuclearization."
"Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached," the president tweeted. "Meeting being planned!"
No serving American president has ever met with a North Korean leader. The U.S. and North Korea do not even have formal diplomatic relations. The two nations remain in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty.
Chung and other South Korean officials spent hours at the White House on Thursday meeting with administration officials over their recent talks with their northern neighbor.
With the AP and Fox News