The confirmation from Pyongyang directly has created more confidence within Trump's administration about the wisdom of holding such a meeting.
President Trump said on Monday that he will meet with Kim Jong-un, North Korea's leader, in May or early June, setting a timeline for the historic summit between the American president and the mercurial North Korean strongman. The Trump administration has long said that if the North Koreans weren't ready to discuss giving up their nuclear program, there was no reason for the two countries to hold negotiations.
It was the first tangible sign that Kim was still willing to meet with Trump since the North first proposed the summit last month.
Trump's comments came just a few hours before North Korea mentioned talks with the United States and South Korea for the first time.
The president said yes to the meeting on the spot, even though the USA had not yet heard directly from North Korea about Kim's intentions.
North Korea has told the United States it is prepared to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula when Kim meets Trump, a USA official told Reuters on Sunday. "It was terrible", Trump told reporters who were briefly brought into the room ahead of his Cabinet meeting at the White House.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said USA and North Korean officials have held secret contacts recently in which Pyongyang directly confirmed its willingness to hold the unprecedented summit.
But U.S. officials have said there have been secret contacts between Washington and Pyongyang.
Details on the talks are still unclear, including the exact agenda and place. Initially, the White House said it expected the meeting to take place by the end of May.
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