By Kenneth Edison, Editor-in-Chief
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During a meeting with South Korean diplomats in the oval office on Thursday March 8, President Trump agreed to a face-to-face meeting with leader of the North Korean regime Kim Jong-Un.
According to the New York Times, the offer came after the long time leader of North Korea announced he was open to talks of de-escalation with the United States. An offer that South Korean diplomat Chung Eui-yong called “frank and sincere.”
The offer was met with an immediate acceptance from Trump seemingly against the wishes of his advisors Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster who warned the president of the potential risks of such a meeting.
Though no date has been set for this summit, it has sparked speculation on whether or not the talks will be productive or do more harm than good.
Sen. Ed Markley D-Mass., hailed the talks on Twitter as “the beginning of a long diplomatic process” adding that Trump “must abandon his penchant for unscripted remarks and bombastic rhetoric to avoid derailing this significant opportunity for progress.”
According to NBC News, Rep. Ed Royce R-California said in a statement following the announcement, “Kim Jong Un’s desire to talk shows sanctions the administration has implemented are starting to work,” he said. “We can pursue more diplomacy, as we keep applying pressure ounce by ounce.”