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WASHINGTON, March 8 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump
agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un because Kim is
the ultimate decision-maker in his country, a senior
administration official said on Thursday.
"President Trump has made his reputation on making deals,"
the official said in a briefing with reporters after Trump's
agreement to meet Kim at a time and place to be chosen in what
would be the first-ever U.S.-North Korea summit.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the
message from Kim was relayed orally to Trump by a South Korean
delegation in the Oval Office. There was no letter from Kim, the
"Kim Jong Un is the one person who is able to make decisions
under their authoritarian, uniquely authoritarian, or
totalitarian system, and so it made sense to accept an
invitation to met with the one person who can actually make
decisions instead of repeating the sort of long slog of the
past," said the official.
The United States will settle for nothing less than
permanent denuclearization of North Korea, the official said.
Trump spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the
development, the official added.
(Reporting by Steve Holland and Jeff Mason; Editing by Sandra
Maler and Peter Cooney)
First Published: 2018-03-09 03:12:34
Updated 2018-03-09 03:30:41
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