Kim And Trump To Meet On North Korean Nukes By May

North Korea's Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump have agreed to meet to secure a deal to remove nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula.

US and South Korean officials confirmed the meeting.

Kim pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests, in an extraordinary appearance on the White House driveway.

US President Trump appreciated the briefing, and said he would meet Kim Jong Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization.

In Seoul, South Korean officials told reporters that the talks would take place "by the end of May."

Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders confirmed that the US leader "will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined."

She said United States look forward to the denuclearization of North Korea. In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain.

Trump did not appear alongside Chung, but earlier had made a surprise appearance in the White House press briefing room to promise that South Korea would soon make a "major announcement".

South Korea announced that the north had promised there would be "no reason" to hold on to its nuclear weapons "if military threats towards the north are cleared and the security of its regime is guaranteed."

Earlier, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi had also cautiously welcomed the apparent breakthrough, and called for Washington and the north "to engage in dialogue sooner rather than later."