Trump: I Look Forward to Meeting Kim Jong Un

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March 28, 2018

President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that he is looking forward to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"For years and through many administrations, everyone said that peace and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was not even a small possibility. Now there is a good chance that Kim Jong Un will do what is right for his people and for humanity. Look forward to our meeting!," Trump tweeted.

China briefed Trump this week on Kim Jong Un's recent visit to Beijing. The White House released a statement that revealed Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a personal message to Trump that was included in the Chinese brief.

"The United States remains in close contact with our allies South Korea and Japan. We see this development as further evidence that our campaign of maximum pressure is creating the appropriate atmosphere for dialogue with North Korea," the statement said.

Trump also tweeted that Xi told him Kim was looking forward to meeting with him.

"Received message last night from XI JINPING of China that his meeting with KIM JONG UN went very well and that KIM looks forward to his meeting with me," Trump tweeted. "In the meantime, and unfortunately, maximum sanctions and pressure must be maintained at all cost!"

Trump announced earlier this month that he had accepted an invitation from Kim to meet at undetermined time, after a year in which the two leaders routinely exchanged public threats. Trump previously nicknamed Kim "Rocket Man" and said North Korea would face "fire and fury" if he made good on his belligerent rhetoric to harm the United States and its allies.