Trump re-affirms plan to meet Kim Jong Un

ANI | Updated: Mar 17, 2018 15:54 IST

Washington D.C. [US], Mar 17 (ANI): US President Donald Trump has reaffirmed his plan to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by the end of May during a call with South Korea's president Moon Jae-in on Friday.

Trump and Moon discussed preparations for their upcoming engagements with North Korea and agreed that "concrete actions" were the key to achieving denuclearisation of North Korea, the White House said in a statement.

The two leaders further expressed cautious optimism over the recent developments regarding the talks with North Korea to persuade the latter to adopt the process to abandon nuclear weapons.

South Korea said on Friday it was seeking high-level talks this month with North Korea to prepare for a meeting regarding the denuclearization.

It further said that South Korean President Moon Jae-in may meet Donald Trump before the US president's planned meeting with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Earlier, Moon's chief of staff, Im Jong-Seok, said proposed North-South talks in late March would cover key agenda topics and other details of the pending summit between Moon and Kim.

Earlier on March 13, Japan emphasized the need for North Korea to take 'concrete actions' in regard to denuclearization.

Further Moon Jae-in on various occasions had called for re-approachment of six-nation denuclearisation, including South and North Korea, China, Japan, US, and Russia.

The call for denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula has also been supported by China and France who have stated it to help in achieving 'peace and stability'. (ANI)