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Trump accepts invitation to meet Kim


09/03/18   BBC: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has invited Donald Trump to meet him, an unprecedented overture which the US leader has said he will accept.
The shock announcement was made by senior South Korean officials in Washington, who passed on a letter from the North Korean leader.
They said Mr Kim had also agreed to halt nuclear and missile tests and was "committed to denuclearisation".
It appears to be a major breakthrough after months of threats and violence.
However analysts warn that such summits are usually the result of years of careful diplomacy so remain sceptical about what these rapidly arranged talks can achieve.
North Korea has been isolated on the international stage for decades because of its well-documented human rights abuses and its pursuit of nuclear weapons, in defiance of international laws.
It says it needs nuclear weapons and missiles because its survival is under threat. It has carried out six nuclear tests, though it's still unclear whether it could carry out a long-distance nuclear attack.
But South Korea's hosting of the Winter Olympics gave an unexpected window for diplomacy, as rare inter-Korean talks were held to facilitate the North's carefully choreographed attendance.
The South Korean delegation then held landmark talks with Mr Kim in Pyongyang earlier this week.
They returned with a statement saying the North was willing to denuclearise if it felt "it has no reason to retain nukes".
What has North Korea actually pledged?
There are four main things:
Mr Kim is prepared to sit down with the US president
It is "committed to denuclearisation"
It will halt all nuclear and missile tests
It understands that US-South Korean military drills "must continue".
The BBC's Laura Bicker in Seoul says it is important to note that North Korea has not yet promised to abandon its nuclear weapons completely. It also remains unclear exactly what it is asking for in return.

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