Trump says June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un back on

02 June, 2018, 04:31 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

"And I'm going to be very happy when the day arrives when we can take sanctions off, and have a very good relationship with the entire Korean Peninsula", Trump said. "We'll be meeting on June 12th in Singapore".

If held, the Trump-Kim meeting will be the first summit between the two countries that have always been at odds over the North's pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, which are now believed to be capable of striking the USA mainland.

Kim's top adviser and former North Korean spy chief, Kim Yong Chol, delivered the letter himself after a rare diplomatic visit to the United States to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in NY.

As North Korea's top intelligence official, Kim Yong-chol is Kim Jong-un's "right hand man" and has his leader's trust, she added, saying "He can speak and negotiate on behalf of Kim Jong-un" with Trump.

He says, "The process will begin on June 12 in Singapore".

"This was a letter presentation that ended up being a two-hour conversation", Trump told the awaiting cameras on the South Lawn.

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Having offended North Korea with comments that hinted at regime change, he largely stayed away from the cameras and stayed out of the Oval meeting, aides said.

On that same day, North Korea had announced that it had "demolished" its nuclear facility at Punggye-ri. Trump said he looks forward to seeing what is in the letter the North Korean delegation is bringing to Washington.

Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol met at a US government-leased apartment near the United Nations.

The North Korean visit to the White House on Friday will be the first since 2000, when President Bill Clinton met senior figure Jo Myong-rok in an unsuccessful attempt to win the reclusive nation's nuclear disarmament.

Mr Kim's letter reportedly expresses his interest in meeting without making any significant concessions or threats in regards to denuclearisation, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing a foreign government official who was briefed on the contents.

It's the highest-level official North Korean visit to the United States in 18 years.

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Trump predicted the upcoming meeting in Singapore would likely be the first of many.

Kim's right hand man General Kim Yong Chol flew into NY on Wednesday to discuss preparations for the assembly.

His travel restrictions were lifted this week so he could fly to NY and Washington, DC to meet USA officials, the Department of State said.

Lavrov met Kim in Pyongyang, Russia's Foreign Ministry tweeted, and extended an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin for the North Korean leader to visit Russia. "As we move to adjust to the political situation in the face of U.S. hegemonism, I am willing to exchange detailed and in-depth opinions with your leadership and hope to do so moving forward", Kim told Sergey Lavrov.

Previous attempts to negotiate with North Korea have failed, but earlier this year Pyongyang held direct talks with Seoul and the two Korean leaders held a historic summit in April.

This may be one of the clearest indications that at least portions of the tunnel complex remain usable, something the U.S. had suspected since the North Koreans allowed media to view the detonations.

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He said it should not have been left to him to fix the North Korean problem, after the United States failed to correctly deal with Kim's grandfather Kim Il Sung and father Kim Jong Il.

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