North Korean state Council Chairman Kim Jong-un has invited US President Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang. On Monday South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo reported, based on data from several sources.
According to the newspaper, the invitation is contained in a letter given to the American leader in August this year. Trump then told reporters that he received a “very good message” from the head of the DPRK. According to him, Kim Jong-UN “wrote three wonderful pages” in which he complained about the US and South Korea conduct joint military exercises and offered to resume negotiations after they were over. Trump noted that the letter was delivered directly from Pyongyang to his office.
JoongAng Ilbo notes that in the message, Kim Jong-un also invited his American counterpart to hold the third round of summit talks, while it is unclear whether Trump responded to this letter.
Working talks between the US and North Korea on denuclearization have stalled since February this year after the inconclusive conclusion of the Hanoi summit of trump and Kim Jong-UN. Although the two leaders then met in June in Panmunjom and agreed to restart the dialogue, this has not happened yet.
Last week, North Korea released a statement by Deputy Foreign Minister Choi Song-Hee, who stressed that North Korean diplomats are ready to meet with US representatives in late September. At the same time, she warned that the American side needs to change its approach in the upcoming talks and offer Pyongyang “alternatives based on acceptable calculations.”