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The summit's back on: Trump meets N. Korean at White House

The summit's back on: Trump meets N. Korean at White House

The Japanese and South Korean defence ministers were speaking at an worldwide security conference in Singapore, which is set to host the landmark summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un on June 12.

The official, Kim Yong Chol, was greeted by White House chief of staff John Kelly, who led him to the Oval Office for talks with Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to press secretary Sarah Sanders. "The process will begin on June 12 in Singapore", he said.

At least one foreign government official has said the letter indicated Kim Jong Un's desire to get the summit back on track without talks of threats or concessions, but Trump did not discuss its contents.

Until Kim agrees to denuclearization, Trump added, the US sanctions on North Korea will remain as they are now.

Trump indicated that the campaign of "maximum pressure" was at least on hold, vowing no new sanctions while talks are ongoing.

"That letter was a very nice letter", Trump said to reporters. Meanwhile, discussions between USA and North Korean officials continue in Singapore and in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.

"I'm not going to put them on until such time as the talks break down", he said. "And we talked about sanctions", he said.

Within days, three teams of officials in the U.S., Singapore and the Korean demilitarized zone began meeting on preparations for the summit.

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An appearance at a concert in his native Chicago scheduled earlier this month was canceled after protests. Kelly's streaming numbers have risen steadily over the last two years, according to the Associated Press.


"We're going to deal", Trump told reporters after Kim left. The two men posed with the very large envelope in the Oval Office. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un - a timeline of eventsTrump said his meeting with the most senior North Korean to visit the White House in 18 years lasted longer than expected.

Kim Yong Chol left his hotel in New York City early Friday for the trip to Washington in a convoy of SUVs. "I could be in for a big surprise, folks".

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. "I purposely didn't open the letter", Trump said. Despite Kim's apparent eagerness for a summit with Trump, there are lingering doubts about whether he will fully relinquish his nuclear weapons, which he may see as his only guarantee of survival.

Kim's arrival in Washington - in a small caravan of SUV's from NY - came a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that he was confident negotiations with Pyongyang were "moving in the right direction".

During the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea set aside $2.6 million to cover travel accommodations for a North Korean cheering squad, an art troupe and other members of the visiting delegation.

When it comes to paying for lodging at North Korea's preferred 5-star luxury hotel, the United States is open to covering the costs, the two people said, but it's mindful that Pyongyang may view a USA payment as insulting.

Kim Yong Chul, who till now was under United States sanctions, is likely to stay in the country till tomorrow.


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