Donald Trump received an invitation to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has invited Donald Trump to visit him, an unprecedented invitation, and the US president said he would accept it.

The shocking announcement was made by senior South Korean officials in Washington, who delivered a letter from North Korean leader Donald Trump.

They say that Kim has also agreed to stop missile tests and nuclear weapons and "denuclearize".

It appears to be a major breakthrough after months of threatening and North Korean-related violence.

Earlier this week a South Korean delegation held important talks with Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang, which is part of a diplomatic liquefaction move following North Korea's involvement in the Winter Olympics in South Korea. The delegation then traveled to the US to convey North Korea's message to America.

Trump, before this saying that it is useless to talk to North Korea, but says that this development is a "great advance".

However, Trump said, sanctions will remain in place until a clear agreement is reached.

'Refrain from nuclear test'

South Korean national security adviser Chung Eui-yong, speaking outside the White House after meeting with Trump, said that this development was achieved thanks to the US president's 'ultimate joint policy' together with international solidarity.

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"I told President Trump that in a meeting with us (in Pyongyang,) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he was committed to denuclearization," Chung told a news conference.

"Kim promised that North Korea will refrain from conducting nuclear tests or missile tests anymore."

He added: "The Trump President appreciates the development, and says that he will meet Kim Jong-un next May to achieve a permanent denuclearization."

How do we reach this point?
North Korea has been isolated from the international stage for decades for human rights abuses and efforts to realize nuclear weapons, as opposed to international provisions.

They have conducted six nuclear tests and confirmed that they need to develop nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles because the country's survival is threatened.

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South Korean national security adviser Chung Eui-yong, delivered this shocking announcement.
The last major effort to get North Korea to halt its nuclear efforts - known as the Six - Party talks - collapsed in 2008, mainly because North Korea refuses to allow international teams to check and ensure that nuclear programs are closed.

But the recently ended South Olympic Games in South Korea opened a window of unexpected diplomacy. Rare talks South Korea and North Korea are held to facilitate a carefully designed North Korea presence in the Olympics, which involves a commitment from both sides to resume further talks.

No US president has ever sat down for talks with North Korean leaders. So such a meeting would be an extraordinary diplomatic event.

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But says the BBC's Laura Bicker in Seoul, it's important to note that North Korea has not yet said it's determined to abandon its nuclear weapons, and is only committed to doing so.

Kim Jong-un has recorded victory figures in propaganda, he said, but Trump will also feel like a winner, in terms of his fierce policy which he says is a factor that forces the parties forward to the negotiating table.

Trump repeatedly belittled Kim Jong-un, and last year threatened him with "unprecedented fire and rage in this world" if Kim continues to threaten the United States.

What is also unclear is precisely what North Korea is asking for in return for the talks.

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