Chung Eun-yong, South Korea’s special envoy to the North, met with Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang on Wednesday and said the North Korean dictator wants to denuclearize during U.S. President Donald Trump’s first term, Breitbart reported.
Chung said Kim professed “unwavering trust for President Trump” despite recent diplomatic tensions between the United States and North Korea.
“This trust, despite some difficulties surfaced during the negotiation process between the US and the North, will continue,” Chung said on Thursday, acknowledging the recent unpleasantness.
Chung added that during his meeting with Kim, the North Korean leader stressed that he has “never said anything negative about President Trump.”
“Other North Korean officials and state-run media outlets have said negative things about a variety of other U.S. officials recently, prominently including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Denuclearization talks have been seen as effectively stalled out since Pompeo’s latest trip to Pyongyang was canceled a few weeks ago.
“Reversing the defiant statements of his officials during that period, Kim said he was willing to accept ‘stronger measures’ to dismantle his nuclear program and pressed for a formal conclusion to the Korean War in return, a peace treaty regarded by strategic analysts as a significant boon to North Korea at this point.”
“He wanted to end some 70 years of animosity between North Korea and the United States and achieve denuclearization within President Trump’s first term,” Chung said of his conversation with Kim.
President Trump welcomed the news with a Thursday morning tweet:
Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims “unwavering faith in President Trump.” Thank you to Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2018