U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's reported desire to achieve denuclearization before the end of Trump's first term, saying it was "very nice."
In an interview with Fox News aired Friday, Trump was referring to remarks Kim made during a meeting with South Korea's national security adviser in Pyongyang earlier this week.
According to the adviser, Chung Eui-yong, the North Korean leader said he would like to achieve denuclearization and resolve the adversarial relationship between Washington and Pyongyang before the end of Trump's first term in early 2021.
"Just a little while ago, a very nice statement came out from North Korea. You probably saw that," Trump said. "Kim Jong-un said very nice things. He said, 'We want to get denuclearization during the Trump administration.' It just came out a little while ago. Nice, very nice."
Trump and Kim agreed at their historic summit in June that North Korea would work toward the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for security guarantees from the U.S. But progress to implement the deal has been slow amid an impasse over who will move first.
On Thursday Trump tweeted his response to Kim's remarks.
"Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims 'unwavering faith in President Trump,'" he wrote. "Thank you to Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!"
Last month Trump called off U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's planned trip to Pyongyang, saying he did not see "sufficient progress" on denuclearization.
Source: Yonhap News Agency