Trump, Kim Accept Mutual Invitations to Visit Each Other's Countries

The U.S. president takes to Twitter to extol the North Korean leader, saying that the historic summit was a 'first bold step toward a bright new future' ■ North Korean state media claims Trump committed to lifting sanctions

North Korea's Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore, June 12, 2018.
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U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un accepted mutual invitations to visit each other's countries at the Singapore summit, North Korean news agency KCNA reported on Wednesday.

"Kim Jong Un invited Trump to visit Pyongyang at a convenient time and Trump invited Kim Jong Un to visit the US," the news agency wrote.

"The two top leaders gladly accepted each other's invitation, convinced that it would serve as another important occasion for improved DPRK-US relations."

The report also claimed Trump had agreed to lift sanctions against the North in addition to providing security guarantees in the summit. Trump was cited by North Korea's official KCNA news agency as saying he made the promise after pledging to end joint military exercises with South Korea. There was no immediate comment about sanctions from the U.S. side.

Trump later extolled the North Korea leader on Twitter, writing that "there is no limit to what NoKo can achieve when it gives up its nuclear weapons and embraces commerce & engagement w/ the world. Chairman Kim has before him the opportunity to be remembered as the leader who ushered in a glorious new era of security & prosperity for his citizens!"

The U.S. president addressed criticism of his meeting with Kim, writing that "a year ago the pundits & talking heads, people that couldn't do the job before, were begging for reconciliation and peace - 'please meet, don't go to war.' Now that we meet and have a great relationship with Kim Jong Un, the same haters shout out "you shouldn't meet, do not meet!"

He also thanked Kim for "taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people." 

Following their historic summit on Tuesday, Trump had said he would like to visit the North Korean capital Pyongyang "at the appropriate time," and that Kim would "absolutely" would be invited to the White House.