March 16, 2018 / 5:29 PM / 2 years ago

Trump, Moon discuss plan to meet North Korean leader: White House

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Jung Yeon-Je/Pool

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump reaffirmed his plan to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by the end of May on Friday during a call with South Korea’s president, voicing “cautious optimism” over recent developments, the White House said.

Trump and President Moon Jae-in discussed preparations for their upcoming engagements with North Korea and agreed that “concrete actions” were the key to achieving denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, the White House said in a statement.

“The two leaders expressed cautious optimism over recent developments and emphasized that a brighter future is available for North Korea, if it chooses the correct path,” the White House said in a statement.

Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Lisa Lambert

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