President Trump says South Korea to make 'major statement' at 7 p.m. Eastern time.. He says he discussed the matter with President Moon.
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Via The Wall Street Journal:
The Trump administration’s top national-security officials huddled at the White House on Thursday with South Korean counterparts who said they were bringing a message to the U.S. from Pyongyang.
Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the White House national security adviser, as well as officials from the State Department and elsewhere met with South Korea’s national-security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, and intelligence chief, Suh Hoon. The two South Korean officials met earlier this week with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.
Mr. Chung said he planned to deliver a message from Mr. Kim, according to South Korea’s semiofficial Yonhap news agency. He didn’t specify what the message was and made no comment after arriving in Washington.
Various media reports:
Kim Jong Un is extending invitation to meet with Trump.
Trump to meet Kim Jung-un by May.
Kim will stop nuclear testing.
Chung Eui-yong, South Korea’s national security director, said Kim Jong Un expressed “his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible” and that Trump had agreed to do so by May.
Chung said he was delivering a message — apparently a signed letter from Kim — to the White House that the North Korean ruler had given him and Suh Hoon, chief of South Korean’s National Intelligence Service, earlier this week in Pyongyang.
Credit this move toward peace to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, since becoming president in May 2017, he has been pushing for dialogue with North Korea and his administration has done just that.
This is the fruit of that effort. It is not an accident that Trump will be meeting with Kim within the 12-month mark of Moon's presidency.
Give Moon, Kim and Trump, if he behaves himself, the Nobel Peace Prize.
Neocons going crazy on CNN. They are going to throw cold water on this. UPDATE 9
Funny to listen to @FoxNews hail “tough talk” as source of Korean breakthrough. The US was bypassed as North &. South got together and initiated peace process— Justin Raimondo (@JustinRaimondo) March 9, 2018