Trump, Moon discuss preparations for upcoming talks with N. Korea

US President Donald Trump spoke Friday with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea and discussed ongoing efforts to prepare for their upcoming engagements with North Korea.

In a statement, the White House said the two sides “affirmed the importance of learning from the mistakes of the past, and pledged continued, close coordination to maintain maximum pressure on the North Korean regime.” The two agreed that “concrete actions, not words, will be the key to achieving permanent de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and President Trump reiterated his intention to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by the end of May,” the statement said.

They “expressed cautious optimism over recent developments, and emphasized that a brighter future is available for North Korea if it chooses the correct path,” it said.

Earlier this month, the White House announced, through a delegation of visiting South Korean officials, that Trump had agreed to meet with Kim by May.

The talks would be the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

Source: Kuwait News Agency