Trump says summit with Kim is back on

Trump says summit with Kim is back on

Trump says summit with Kim is back on

The two planned a "day full of meetings" Thursday, the White House said.

Trump told Reuters he was still hoping for an unprecedented meeting with Kim to push for North Korean "denuclearization", although he conceded it might require more time to reach that goal.

The official said that broadly, the "goal is denuclearization".

Pompeo said that North Korean Vice-Chairman Kim Yong-chol, with whom he had negotiated on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, would travel to Washington on Friday to deliver a letter from Kim Jong-un to Trump.

In 2010, the Obama administration placed Kim Yong Chol on a blacklist as chief of North Korea's premier intelligence agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau, and its role in the export of arms and military equipment.

The diplomacy occurred as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Pyongyang to meet with Kim Jong Un on Thursday. "It is very important to them". "So far, the readout from these meetings has been positive, and we'll continue to move forward in them". It is all a process.

"We'll be meeting on June 12 in Singapore". He added there may even need to be a second or third meeting, but still hedged, saying "maybe we'll have none".

"We made real progress in the last 72 hours towards setting conditions" needed to finalise plans for a Trump-Kim meeting, tentatively planned for June 12 in Singapore, Pompeo said in a briefing at the Lotte New York Palace hotel, part of the South Korean conglomerate Lotte Group.

Sergei Lavrov was welcomed with open arms by Kim as he flew into the hermit kingdom in an apparent bid to curry favour ahead of the crucial summit between North Korea and the United States in Singapore next month. He managed to survive a deadly wave of purges that felled many of his counterparts in the top echelons of North Korean government after Kim Jong Un assumed office in 2011. But there are lingering doubts on whether he will ever fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as his only guarantee of survival in a region surrounded by enemies.

Gen Kim has previously served as chief of Pyongyang's top military intelligence agency, and was sanctioned twice by US and South Korea for his role in supporting North Korea's nuclear and missile programme in 2010 and 2016.

"We are looking for something historic", a senior U.S. State Department official told reporters in NY about a Kim-Trump summit after the dinner meeting, "something that has never done before". In the past, North Korea has also demanded the Pentagon reduce its military presence in South Korea, where about 30,000 U.S. troops are based.

"The potential summit between @POTUS and Chairman Kim presents #DPRK with a great opportunity to achieve security and economic prosperity", Pompeo tweeted shortly before the meeting began.

"If Kim Jong Un denuclearizes, there is a brighter path for North Korea", he said. The days since have seen a flurry of diplomatic efforts to get the summit back on track.

The State Department released photos of a smiling Pompeo shaking hands with Kim Yong Chol, pointing out NY landmarks to him by a window and toasting his guests. The official, who asked not to be identified, said North Korea is "going to have to make clear what they are willing to do" in response to Washington's demands.

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