US President Trump confirms meeting with Kim Jong

US President Trump confirms meeting with Kim Jong

US President Trump confirms meeting with Kim Jong

He says, "The process will begin on June 12 in Singapore".

He said the letter from Mr. Kim, hand-delivered by his right-hand man Kim Yong-chol, was "very nice" and "very interesting", without immediately disclosing its contents.

"I don't even want to use the term "maximum pressure" anymore", Trump added, referencing his preferred term for the punishing USA economic sanctions imposed on North Korea in response to its nuclear and ballistic missile tests. "Why would I do that when we're talking so nicely", he said. -North Korea summit is back on for June 12 in Singapore.

USA 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.

Any payment for North Korean's accommodations would run afoul of Treasury Department sanctions, said Elizabeth Rosenberg, a former Treasury official. "Can you believe we're talking about the ending of the Korean War?"

"We're going to deal", Trump told reporters moments after the meeting ended.

Trump told reporters after the end of the meeting that he had not yet read the letter.

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

"In light of how North Korea has behaved in the past, I believe that it is important not to reward North Korea exclusively for agreeing to have a dialogue", he said. Kim Yong Chol, the most senior North Korean to visit the United States in 18 years, spent nearly 90 minutes in the Oval Office. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency chief who has traveled to North Korea and met with Kim Jong Un twice in the past two months, said he believed the country's leaders are "contemplating a path forward where they can make a strategic shift, one that their country has not been prepared to make before". 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.

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. By the next day, he was signaling the event could be back on after a conciliatory response from North Korea.

During the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea set aside $2.6 million to cover travel accommodations for a North Korean cheering squad, an art troupe and other members of the visiting delegation.

Pence echoed national security adviser John Bolton, who compared Washington's approach to North Korea to the US strategy toward Libya, which forfeited its weapons of mass destruction program in 2003, only to be rocked by a 2011 rebellion backed by the USA -led NATO Western military alliance.

Kim Yong Chol was allowed into the United States despite being on a USA sanctions list, and granted special permission to travel outside the NY area to meet with the president.

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