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Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by May

Meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un will be 'at a place and time to be determined".

"President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearisation."
"President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearisation." PA

Donald Trump has accepted an offer of a summit from the North Korean leader and will meet with Kim Jong Un by May, a top South Korean official has announced.

In a remarkable turnaround in relations between two historic adversaries, South Korean national security director, Chung Eui-yong, told reporters of the planned meeting after briefing Mr Trump and other top US officials about a rare encounter with Mr Kim in the North Korean capital on Monday.

"He expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible," Mr Chung said in a statement outside the White House. "President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearisation."

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hand with South Korean National Security Director Chung Eui-yong, in Pyongyang.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hand with South Korean National Security Director Chung Eui-yong, in Pyongyang. PA

The White House said the meeting between Mr Trump and his North Korean counterpart will be held "at a place and time to be determined".

Seoul has already publicised that North Korea offered talks with the United States on denuclearisation and normalising ties, a potential diplomatic opening after a year of escalating tensions over the North's nuclear and missile tests.

The rival Koreas also agreed to hold a leadership summit in late April.

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