Kim Jong Un Accepts Trump Invitation to Visit Washington: Report

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has accepted President Donald Trump’s invitation to visit Washington, D.C., according to reports from North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The president has also accepted an invitation from Kim to visit North Korea.

“Kim Jong Un invited Trump to visit Pyongyang at a convenient time and Trump invited Kim Jong Un to visit the U.S.,” KCNA reported. “The two leaders gladly accepted each other’s invitation.” 

The news comes just after the two leaders met for a historic summit in Singapore on Tuesday to discuss denuclearization and diplomatic ties between the U.S. and North Korea.

The meeting, which produced an agreement promising “security guarantees” from the U.S. to North Korea in exchange for “complete denuclearization,” was the first of its kind between a sitting U.S. president and North Korean leader.

President Trump lauded the agreement on Twitter after his return to the U.S. on Wednesday morning, saying that there “is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea” and comparing his record of negotiating with the country to that of former President Barack Obama.

“Just landed – a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office,” he wrote. “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!”

“President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem,” Trump continued. “No longer – sleep well tonight!”

Critics of the agreement blasted the president for making major concessions to North Korea, particularly in regard to halting war games on the Korean Peninsula.

“I would have expected that in giving up a major concession like cessation of military exercises we would have at least gotten an agreement to start the cataloging of nuclear weapons and sites inside North Korean,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said.

“Kim’s commitment on disarmament is weaker than previous commitments and now Beijing and Pyongyang are cheering the cessation of military exercises,” he continued. “This is a dream come true for Kim.”

Trump, for his part, has defended the agreement and said he trusts Kim to keep his end of the bargain.

“I just think that we are now going to start the process of denuclearization of North Korea, and I believe that he’s going back and will start it virtually immediately – and he’s already indicated that and you look at what he’s done,” Trump said. “His country has to be de-nuked and he understood that, he fully understood that, he didn’t fight it.”

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