Trump says will meet with DPRK leader in May or early June

Tuesday, 2018-04-10 07:18:27
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Trump says will meet with DPRK leader in May or early June.
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US President Donald Trump said on April 9 he planned to meet the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Un next month or in early June and hoped the discussions would ultimately lead to an end of the DPRK's nuclear weapons program.

"We'll be meeting with them sometime in May or early June and I think there'll be great respect paid by both parties and hopefully we'll be able to make a deal on the de-nuking of North Korea (DPRK)," Trump told reporters at the beginning of a Cabinet meeting.

"They've said so. We've said so," Trump said. "Hopefully, it'll be a relationship that's much different than it's been for many, many years."

Trump's comments came just a few hours before DPRK mentioned talks with the United States and the Republic of Korea (RoK) for the first time, as the DPRK's state media said Kim Jong Un chaired a party meeting on April 9 in which he assessed future talks with Washington and his upcoming summit with RoK on April 27.

"(Kim Jong Un) set forth the strategic and tactical issues to be maintained by the Workers' Party of Korea including the future policy of international relations and the orientation corresponding to them," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on April 10.

Any meeting between Kim and Trump would come after the two Koreas hold their first summit in more than a decade later this month.

The summits come after more than a year of heightened tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. DPRK’s denuclearization will top the agenda for the inter-Korean summit and the Kim-Trump meeting.

* Separately, the RoK and the DPRK planned to hold more working-level talks this week to prepare for the upcoming inter-Korean summit later this month, Seoul's unification ministry said on April 9.

Xinhua,Reuters, Yonhap
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