US President Trump confirms meeting with Kim Jong

02 June, 2018, 10:50 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Kim Yong Chol touched down in New York City on Wednesday afternoon

President Donald Trump announced that the historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un is back on for June 12 in Singapore.

Trump emerged after a more than hour-long Oval Office meeting with Kim Yong Chol - a general facing U.S. sanctions who is Kim's right-hand man - saying that the summit will go ahead in Singapore on June 12 as originally planned.

"We're going to be June 12 - we'll be in Singapore".

In regards to his abrupt cancellation of the summit last week, Trump said "we're over that, we're totally over that".

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

"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.

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United States officials with knowledge of the letter's contents said it did not make any noteworthy threats or concessions, and was seen as a positive step, according to multiple news reports.

Trump said that, after Friday's talks, the parties are "totally over that and now we're going to deal and we're going to really start a process".

Trump said one possible outcome of the summit might be an end to the Korean War. But Trump also promised he would ensure security for both Kim and the North Korean regime if he does close down his nuclear weapons program.

Later Friday, deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley confirmed that Trump had read the letter, but he did not reveal its contents.

Kim Yong Chol was spotted leaving his hotel in New York City early Friday for the trip to Washington in a convoy of SUVs.

Trump made the announcement on Friday, following a two-hour-long meeting with North Korean senior official Kim Yong-chol at the White House.

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On Thursday, Kim Jong Un told Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that his commitment to denuclearization remains "unchanged and consistent and fixed", but experts warn he will seek concessions from Washington.

Trump had called off the summit late last month, citing North Korea's "tremendous anger and open hostility".

The North Korean envoy, a close confidant of Kim Jong-un, arrived in Washington after two days of talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in NY. Yet he also said at his news conference that hard work remains including hurdles that may appear to be insurmountable as negotiations progress on the US demand for North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization. By the next day, he was signaling the event could be back on after a conciliatory response from North Korea.

After exchanging threats and insults since Trump became president previous year, the United States and North Korea have been trying to set up the summit between their leaders. 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.

Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee, was allowed into the United States despite being on a USA sanctions list.

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