Trump says summit with North Korea's Kim back on

Blanche Robertson
June 13, 2018

After receiving Kim's letter and meeting his envoy, Kim Yong Chol, at the White House on Friday, Trump ended speculation about the meeting that he canceled last week, saying: "We'll be meeting on June 12 in Singapore".

Kim Yong Chol, who is making his first United States visit, is the most senior North Korean on USA soil since Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok met then-president Bill Clinton in 2000.

Kim Yong-chol, a senior North Korean official known as a close aide to the leader, arrived in New York Wednesday to finalize planning for the expected summit. It went very well.

Washington and Pyongyang are going to start a relationship and it will start on June 12, Trump told reporters after his talks with Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the DPRK's ruling Workers' Party of Korea Central Committee. It went very well.

Lavrov is said to have expressed his support for North Korea's plan to denuclearize, and invited Kim to Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mr Pompeo met with Kim Yong Chol, one of the North Korean leader's closest aides, at the apartment residence of the USA deputy ambassador to the United Nations in NY.

Pyongyang is seeking worldwide recognition and security guarantees and it is far from clear whether its own vision of the "denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula can be brought in line with Washington's.

"I think it'll be a process". "I said I'm not going to put them on until such time as the talks break down".

One of the topics Trump discussed Friday with North Korean officials was a possible peace treaty between North and South Korea. "We're involved in terms of getting everything". Kim has long accused the United States of seeking his removal from power.

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Less than a week after the president "canceled" the summit in a dramatic letter, there's been a flurry of activity between the two countries to make it happen again. "We will see what we will see".

Trump said it could take several meetings to reach an agreement, but he was convinced that Kim Jong Un was committed to denuclearization.

"It will be a beginning". "So I look forward to seeing what's in the letter". "You're talking about 70 years".

Russian Federation is the latest major nation to reach out to North Korea since Trump accepted Kim's proposal for a summit to defuse tensions. "My letter was a response to their letter".

United States officials learned of the letter's substance through diplomatic channels in the absence of reading the letter itself, the person said.

Despite the upbeat messaging in the United States, Kim Jong Un, in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister on Thursday, complained about the US trying to spread its influence in the region, a comment that may complicate the summit plans. But minutes earlier he had described the note as "a very interesting letter", and teased journalists about revealing its contents. "We talked about sanctions", Trump added.

Assad is said to have told the North Korean envoy to Damascus, Mun Jong-nam, that he would make the trip during a meeting on May 30. "I do think so. Maybe you have to have a second or third, and maybe we'll have none, but it's in good hands". We would not take sanctions off unless they did that.

The State Department says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a top North Korean official have concluded their meetings in NY, wrapping up the high-stakes diplomatic negotiation almost two hours earlier than expected. "It's not a question of maximum pressure". If it's a positive meeting, I love it. The official, Kim Yong Chol, posed for photos with Trump outside the Oval Office, and they talked amiably at Kim's vehicle before he was driven away. This war has been going on - it's got to be the longest war - nearly 70 years, right? "It is very important to them". "There was a thorough exchange of views on the situation surrounding the Korean Peninsula, with the focus on ways to enhance the coordination of efforts aimed at finding political and diplomatic solutions to the entire range of issues the subregion has been facing", the statement says.

Kim Yo-jong delivered a personal letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in on behalf of her brother, Kim Jong Un at the time. They have a potential to be a great country.

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