Trump accepts invitation to meet North Korea's Kim Jong

45 minutes that set up Trump's Kim gamble

45 minutes that set up Trump's Kim gamble

When Chung told Trump that Kim wanted to meet, Trump immediately said yes and instructed him to go brief the press corps, which he dutifully did that night.

The senator added that Trump's "strong stand" on the nation and the leader he has repeatedly called "Little Rocket Man", is the "best hope in decades" for a peaceful resolution to tense relations between the two nations.

Trump has derided Kim as a "maniac", referred to him as "little rocket man" and threatened in a speech a year ago to "totally destroy" North Korea, a country of 26 million people, if it attacked the United States or one of its allies.

Trump has also ribbed Kim on social media frequently, only heightening global tensions.

Chung, whose talks with Kim on Monday in Pyongyang resulted in the invitation, noted that the North Korean leader said he understood that joint military exercises with the USA and South Korea would go ahead as scheduled after the end of the Paralympic Games this month. South Korean officials said that North Korea would suspend its ballistic missile testing operations in hopes of opening the talks. Just hours before the announcement, Tillerson, travelling in Africa, said that America was "a long way from negotiations" with North Korea.

In case you're wondering whether Trump tweeted about the potential meeting, well of course-he did!

"That is an incredible thing, and I don't think anyone watching this, or any expert on Korea expected that response at this time", said CNN's Erin Burnett.

The North Koreans are likely to insist on Pyongyang as the host city for the meeting, particularly since Kim Jong-un rarely leaves his country.

45 minutes that set up Trump's Kim gamble
EDITORIAL: North Korea talks matter for Canada as well

Mr Trump has frequently tried to enlist President Xi's help to rein in Pyongyang.

Some observers say North Korea has its own agenda.

The White House announced late Thursday that Trump would accept an invitation to meet with the North Korean leader sometime before May.

The two Korean leaders will meet some time in April along the demilitarized zone.

"The good offices Switzerland can provide are well known."

Speaking in Djibouti, Mr Tillerson said the talks would take some weeks to arrange.

As Ivanka took part in various diplomatic meetings, including briefing South Korean President Moon Jae-in, several US and South Korean media organizations published articles that compared Ivanka and Kim Yo-jung.

But on Friday, reporters starting asking the pesky questions of just when and under what circumstances Trump would meet with Kim, and White House officials adopted a distinctly more guarded tone.

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