DPRK leader Kim Jong-un (left) and US President Donald Trump shake hands after a document signing at the Capella hotel on Sentosa island on June 12, 2018 in Singapore. (EVAN VUCCI / AP)
PYONGYANG - The top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un has accepted an invitation from US President Donald Trump to visit the United States, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Wednesday.
Trump has also accepted an invitation from Kim to visit Pyongyang at a convenient time during their meeting in Singapore on Tuesday, the KCNA reported.
Trump expressed his "intention to halt the US-South Korea joint military exercises, which the DPRK side regards as provocation, over a period of good-will dialogue between the DPRK and the US, offer security guarantees to the DPRK and lift sanctions against it along with advance in improving the mutual relationship through dialogue and negotiation," the KCNA said.
The Republic of Korea is also referred to as South Korea.
Kim hoped that Pyongyang and Washington would be committed to refraining from antagonizing each other, and take legal and institutional steps to guarantee it, the KCNA said.
The DPRK top leader also called for "practical measures actively to carry out the issues discussed at the talks and the joint statement at an early date" and "halting irritating and hostile military actions against each other."
According to the KCNA, Kim immediately agreed with Trump's proposal for recovering the remains of US soldiers who died during the 1950-53 Korean War and repatriating those already identified.