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Summit With North Korea Is Back On

02 June, 2018, 02:47 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, On Rare Visit To North Korea, Invites Kim To Russia

Trump received a top-level visitor from North Korea on Friday who came bearing a letter from the country's dictator Kim Jong Un as the two sides work toward a meeting between the two world leaders. 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.

Early Thursday, Trump told reporters "we are doing very well" with North Korea.

"This was a meeting where a letter was given to me by Kim Jong Un, and that letter was a very nice letter", Trump said.

He said the North Koreans asked about the lifting of sanctions, adding, "I look forward to the day I when I can take the sanctions off".

It was also not clear what North Korea's leader wrote in his letter to Trump, although it was seen as raising hopes that the summit meeting might be back on.

Plans for the high-stakes sit-down in Singapore had been cast into doubt.

Trump said the lengthy conversation Friday "went very well" and called it "a get to know you kind of a situation".

The visit marks the second time in history a North Korean official has visited the White House.

After trading threats of war a year ago, the two men agreed to meet for an historic summit on June 12.

President Trump's remarks follow months of pressure from China and South Korea on Washington to invest in the economic reconstruction of North Korea, ravaged by almost a century of oppressive communist rule. According to the report, this agreement was reached after the May 31 talks between Kim Jong-un and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Pyongyang. Kim was at the White House to deliver a letter from the North Korean leader concerning the proposed summit.

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. "The United States continues to actively prepare for President Trump's expected summit with leader Kim in Singapore".

Pompeo also said he had a "working dinner" with Kim Yong Chol, adding that their menu included steak, corn, and cheese.

KCNA said Kim told Lavrov that he hopes North Korea's issues with the United States - including the state of U.S.

"We will push forward to test the proposition that we can achieve that outcome", he said.

He delivered a personal letter to President Trump from Kim Jong Un at the White House.

But he conceded that Kim Jong-un "wants to be careful" with his decision, and that "he is not going to run and do things" as demanded by the United States government.

North Korea's flurry of diplomatic activity following an increase in nuclear weapons and missile tests in 2017 suggests that Kim is eager for sanctions relief to build his economy and for the worldwide legitimacy a summit with Trump would provide.

Trump views a summit as a legacy-defining opportunity to make a nuclear deal.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, center, escorts North Korean Kim Yong Chol, left, to the White House, June 1, 2018, for a meeting with President Donald Trump. Trump wants to use the meeting to pressure Pyongyang into giving up its nuclear weapons. "That I can tell you".

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