South Korea expected to make ‘major statement’ on North Korea at 7 pm ET, Trump says
President Trump said South Korea will be making a “major statement” about North Korea at 7 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, Fox News confirmed.
Fox News has learned that South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong, who met at the White House Thursday with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, is expected to make the statement in the James Brady press briefing room at the White House.
The president teased the announcement, in his first-ever visit to the press briefing room Thursday, briefly popping his head into the room to update reporters.
Fox News has learned that no one at neither the Pentagon is currently aware of what the announcement could be, though Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford was at the White House Thursday afternoon.
Officials at the State Department also told Fox News they were unaware. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is currently traveling in Africa.
Chung and other South Korean officials briefed the White House Thursday on a potential diplomatic opening with North Korea after a year of escalating tensions.
Chung told reporters Tuesday that he had received a message from North Korea intended for the United States, but did not disclose what it was.
The expected announcement comes after hours of consultations at the White House between administration officials and South Korean officials over recent talks with North Korea.
The dialogue in North Korea concluded with an invitation to the U.S. to reopen direct talks with Pyongyang, saying it would suspend its nuclear tests during such talks.
Trump has expressed an openness to the invitation, saying, “We’ll see.”