Will meet with Kim in May or early June

M - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has publicly acknowledged talks with the U.S. for the first time, BBCreported citing state media reports.

"Hopefully, it will be a relationship that will be much different than it has been for many, many years", he said. The Wall Street Journal was first to report the news.

The President said planning is continuing for the unprecedented meeting, which he said would address North Korea's nuclear weapons.

The date and location of the summit have not been announced.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has made his first direct acknowledgment of the prospect of talks with the USA, addressing the issue at a meeting of the ruling party's Politburo, state-run media reported Tuesday. It was also his first meeting with another head of state.

Meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in late March, Kim was quoted as saying that he's willing to achieve peace and stability in the region through phased and synchronized steps toward denuclearization.

". hopefully we'll be able to make a deal on the denuking of North Korea".

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In a growing rapprochement on the Korean peninsula, Kim is scheduled to meet the South's president Moon Jae-in for a rare inter-Korean summit on April 27.

"North Korea by the way as you've probably seen, we've been in touch with North Korea, we will be meeting with them sometime in May or early June".

The state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) issued commentary about two weeks after that finally hinted at confirmation for the upcoming meeting between North Korea, the US and South Korea.

The Pentagon agreed to postpone annual spring exercises with the South Korean military until after the Winter Olympics.

Comparing Pyongyang's perspective to a "one-sided" match of the traditional Korean board game of Go, Kim said the DPRK believes it has everything to gain and nothing to lose at the summit.

White House officials have not said where the Trump-Kim summit will be held.

Following Kim's visit to China, Trump had expressed optimism about denuclearization efforts.

  • Sonia Alvarado