The United States and South Korea have announced multiple developments in relationships with North Korea as the meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un approaches in a few weeks.
South Korea is reportedly planning to officially end the 65 yearlong Korean War. During an upcoming summit between North and South Korea, it’s expected that the Koreas will return the demilitarized zone (DMZ) to its “original state.”
President Trump announced on Wednesday that CIA director Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un earlier this month. Pompeo is waiting to be confirmed by the Senate as Trump’s new Secretary of State. Some saw this meeting as a way to put pressure on Democrats to confirm him quickly.
Mike Pompeo is outstanding. First in his class at West Point. A top student at Harvard Law School. A success at whatever he has done. We need the Senate to approve Mike ASAP. He will be a great Secretary of State!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2018
On Wednesday, Trump also said that he was negotiating with North Korea to release three Americans being held as prisoners.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced on Thursday that “North Korea is expressing a will for a complete denuclearization.” Moon also said that North Korea has dropped their demand for U.S. troops to withdraw from the North-South Korean border as a condition for denuclearization.
South Korean media is also reporting that a hotline has been established between the leaders of North and South Korea. Both leaders plan to use the hotline to talk to one another before the upcoming summit.
North Korea has announced that they will suspend nuclear testing in anticipation of the upcoming Trump-Kim Jong Un meeting.
In reaction to the news, President Trump tweeted that the U.S. hasn’t “given up anything” and that North Korea has “agreed to denuclearization (so great for World), site closure, & no more testing!”
“We are a long way from conclusion on North Korea, maybe things will work out, and maybe they won’t – only time will tell….But the work I am doing now should have been done a long time ago,” Trump said.