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President Trump Says Summit With North Korea is Back On - Katie Pavlich

02 June 2018

"We welcome the summits that already took place between Pyongyang and Seoul as well as planned meetings between North Korean and USA leadership".

Trump's announcement came at the end of a two-hour meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol, who had travelled from NY after two days of talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling party executive and a veteran regime insider, arrived for his Oval Office encounter accompanied by the senior USA officials who have overseen an extraordinary diplomatic opening.

Within a day, both sides were in new talks to save the summit, and Kim Yong-chol flew to NY this week to meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Former U.S. officials who have negotiated with North Korea have cautioned that the Kim family regime has violated past deals aimed at curbing the nation's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Mr. Pompeo began his discussions with Gen. Kim by hosting a dinner on Wednesday night.

Pompeo spoke after meeting with Kim Yong-chol for a little more than two hours at the residence of the deputy USA ambassador to the United Nations.

"Looking forward to meeting with Kim Yong Chol in NY to discuss @Potus potential summit with Chairman Kim", Pompeo tweeted, using the shorthand for president of the United States.

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Kim Yong Chol is a vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee.

Mr Trump said it was "a very interesting letter and at some point it may be appropriate" to share it.

It was a extraordinary softening of tone toward North Korea from a president who a year ago threatened to rain "fire and fury" on the country because of the threat its nuclear weapons and long-range missiles pose to the United States. I believe they will be coming down to Washington on Friday (Saturday NZT).

White House officials maintain that Trump was hopeful the North was merely negotiating but that he was prepared for the letter to mark the end of the two-month flirtation. "It is very important to them". "I think we're going to have a relationship, and it will start on June 12".

Though he's accused of the Sony pictures 2014 hack and was sanctioned by the US, Kim Yong Chol was feted at the White House. It is all a process.

Mr Trump cancelled the 12 June summit last week, but both sides agreed to move forward. "The people of #NorthKorea can have a brighter future and the world can be more peaceful".

Trump says "we had hundreds of new sanctions ready to go".

Mr. Trump said he was hopeful that his meeting with Mr. Kim could still take place on June 12 in Singapore, adding that resumed talks have gone very well and that the negotiations "are in good hands".

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After exchanging threats and insults since Mr Trump became President past year, the United States and North Korea have been trying to set up a summit - originally planned for Singapore on June 12 - between their leaders, at which Mr Trump wants to pressure Pyongyang into giving up its nuclear weapons.

The US side is pressing its demand for "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization". "I said I'm not going to put them on until such time as the talks break down".

Trump cancelled the on-off North Korea summit in late May, blaming the country's "tremendous anger and open hostility". By the next day, he was signalling the event could be back on after a conciliatory response from North Korea.

"And I think they really want to see something great happen".

In 2000, Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok visited Washington and met US President Bill Clinton at the White House amid warming ties between the 1950s wartime foes. Relations turned sour again after George W Bush took office in early 2001 with a tough policy on the North.

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

"It means missiles", Trump said.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves before boarding Air Force One to depart for travel to Texas from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., May 31, 2018.

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President Trump Says Summit With North Korea is Back On - Katie Pavlich