Kim Jong Un tells South Korean officials he is committed to ending nuclear missile tests

People watch a TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, meeting with South Korean National Security Director Chung Eui-yong in Pyongyang, North Korea, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. After years of refusal, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is willing to discuss the fate of his atomic arsenal with the United States and has expressed a readiness to suspend nuclear and missile tests during such talks, a senior South Korean official said Tuesday. Korean characters seen on the screen read: "South Korea-U.S. joint military drills." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Republic of Korea National Security Advisor Chung Eui-Yong addressed the press outside of the White House Thursday night and announced that strides had been made in diplomatic discussions with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korea has agreed to refrain from missile tests at this time.

Security Advisor Chung Eui-Yong said that Un was also eager to meet President Trump "as soon as possible."

After South Korean official's briefing with the president, Trump agreed to meet with Kim Jong Un by May.

Eui-Yong said that the United States, South Korea and allied partners are committed to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Here is Eui-Yong's full statement which he read in front of the White House on Thursday night. The entire statement only lasted 51 seconds:

Today I had the privilege of briefing President Trump on my recent visit to Pyongyang, North Korea.

I’d like to thank President Trump, the Vice President and his wonderful national security team, including my close friend, Gen. McMaster.

I explained to President Trump that his leadership and his maximum pressure policy, together with international solidarity, brought us to this juncture. I expressed President Moon Jae-in’s personal gratitude for President Trump’s leadership.

I told President Trump that in our meeting, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he is committed to denuclearization. He pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests. He understands that the routine joint military exercises between the Republic of Korea and the United States must continue.

And he expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible.

President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization. The Republic of Korea, along with the United States, Japan and our many partners around the world, remain fully and resolutely committed to the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Along with President Trump, we are optimistic of our continuing a diplomatic process to test the possibility of a peaceful resolution.

The Republic of Korea, the United States and our partners stand together in insisting that we not repeat the mistakes of the past and that the pressure will continue until North Korea matches its words with concrete action.

Thank you.
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