Donald Trump has said “great progress” is being made after it was revealed he had accepted an offer of a summit from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The US President said his counterpart had agreed to halt missile testing ahead of the meeting, to happen by May, and discussed denuclearisation with South Korean officials during a recent meeting.
However Mr Trump said sanctions will remain in place on North Korea “until an agreement is reached”.
The remarkable turnaround in relations between two historic adversaries was announced by South Korean national security director Chung Eui-yong.
Sarah Sanders, White House spokeswoman, said: “President Trump greatly appreciates the nice words of the South Korean delegation and President Moon.