Moscow invites N Korea's Kim to visit

Moscow invites N Korea's Kim to visit

Moscow invites N Korea's Kim to visit

Trump and Pompeo have both promised North Korea a bright and prosperous future should the communist regime agree to abandon nuclear weapons. "We talked about ending the war", Trump said. The general public still doesn't know what the letter says, though, so Americans are imagining what they think it contains - from elementary school crush lists to Jersey Shore references. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tweeted after Trump announced the cancellation of the meeting.

Trump recently cancelled the meeting in response to a strongly-worded statement from Pyongyang directed at his administration.

Nevertheless, the USA president had warm words for Pyongyang, saying the long discussions had touched on North Korea's denuclearization and economic development.

As we reported previously, Kim Yong Chol "is a veteran of diplomacy with South Korea who is considered to be Kim Jong Un's right-hand man. Kim is also widely believed to be behind the 2010 sinking of the Cheonan, a South Korean Naval vessel, in which 46 seamen died". Kim Yong Chol is the highest-ranking North Korean official to visit the United States in almost 20 years. He said it "went very well". The development comes a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "real progress" had been made in discussions to revive the potential June 12 summit.

Most expert observers are sceptical that even an unprecedented summit between the two leaders can lead to a rapid breakthrough, and Trump admitted it would be a long and hard process.

Kim Yong Chol delivered a personal letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump. "He'd like to see it happen", Trump said. He says Kim Yong Chol - the North Korean official - said Trump could read the letter later.

In Seoul, US negotiators on Friday expressed optimism after meeting their North Korean counterparts for preparatory talks at Panmunjom, on the fortified border between the two Koreas.

Kim Yong Chol spent more than an hour in the Oval Office where he was spotted shaking hands with the president.

Meanwhile, Kim Jong Un and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met in Pyongyang Thursday, according to North Korea's official state news agency. This was the first time that a senior North Korean official had visited the White House since a senior military official from that country visited former-President Bill Clinton in 2000. "It went very well", President Trump told reporters on the White House lawn.

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