Donald Trump's gift for Kim Jong Un

Donald Trump's gift for Kim Jong Un

Donald Trump's gift for Kim Jong Un

Kim responded by calling Trump a "mentally deranged US dotard".

Asked whether the meeting might not take place "by May" as South Korea's national security adviser said Thursday, Sanders responded, "We haven't set a time or a location".

"That's yet to be determined", she said.

Xi told Trump China would "firmly devote itself to achieve the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", and to solving the problem through dialogue and consultation, Xinhua said.

North Korea conducts its first flight test of an ICBM, the Hwasong-14, which Kim calls the North's "package of gifts" for the U.S.'s Independence Day. He had been contemplating retirement for some time, one of his colleagues said, but would have stayed on if he felt the White House had been interested in his efforts.

Kim's invitation is being viewed as a big diplomatic victory for Trump's muscular push against North Korea by intensifying the sanctions regime that is thought to have virtually crippled Pyongyang lately - and a far cry from the time Trump called Kim a "little rocket man" and threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea, and Kim hit back, calling Trump a "dotard" and a "lunatic" and threatening to bomb Washington.

This comes at a time when the US State Department is severely under-staffed, and just a week after the department's highest level official on North Korea, Joseph Yun, left.

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"He expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible", South Korean national security director Chung Eui-yong said of Kim.

Republican defense hawks are watching closely as President Donald Trump prepares to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, an unprecedented meeting that could redefine the future of United States and North Korean relations for decades to come.

No American president has ever met with a North Korean leader.

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For decades, the Kim family has sought consistently and unsuccessfully to be recognized as the legitimate rulers of North Korea.

The stunning announcement was the culmination of a diplomatic whirlwind that began with the invitation of a North Korean delegation to attend the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"The May meeting will be recorded as a historic milestone that realized peace on the Korean Peninsula", he said.

Kim Yo Jong reportedly conveyed her brother's offer of a leaders' summit between himself and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. "In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain".

"What the North Koreans have promised to do is not to conduct nuclear and ballistic missile tests prior to and during these negotiations".

Mr Kim and the officials shared several bottles of wine, liquor made of ginseng and Pyongyang soju, the official said.

Judging from his positive statements and tweets, Mr. Trump is not quite the lousy nuclear-button, trigger-happy warmonger that some critics have portrayed him as. Kim called Trump a "a mentally deranged USA dotard".

Sanders' words on Friday also marked the White House's first comments preconditioning the meeting.

"We consider it to be a step in the right direction".

South Korean conservatives have had two nightmare scenarios about President Trump: that he would either embroil their country in a ruinous war with North Korea or that he would sell out their interests to the North.

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