North Korea envoy meets Trump, hands letter form Kim

North Korea envoy meets Trump, hands letter form Kim

North Korea envoy meets Trump, hands letter form Kim

USA defense and intelligence officials have repeatedly assessed the North to be on the threshold of having the capability to strike anywhere in the continental US with a nuclear-tipped missile - a capacity that Trump and other USA officials have said they would not tolerate.

Trump and autocratic North Korean leader Kim traded insults and threats of war past year.

Following a meeting with North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol at the White House, President Donald Trump told reporters that his previously cancelled meeting with Kim Jong Un would still be taking place on June 12 in Singapore. The official visited the Oval Office to deliver Trump a letter from Kim Jong Un.

This AP photo shows U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arriving at the venue of his dinner with Kim Yong-chol, a vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, in NY on May 30, 2018.

Since the short-lived boycott threat, diplomats from both countries have conducted an intense flurry of talks, culminating this week when Pompeo sat down in NY with Kim's envoy. The senior North Korean's visit marks the highest-level official visit to the United States in 18 years.

Mr. Kelly then escorted the North Korean delegation along the Rose Garden colonnade to the Oval Office, where they met with Mr. Trump, Mr. Pompeo and others.

Kim Yong Chol is a vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee. "Our secretary of state is having very good meetings". I believe they will be coming down to Washington on Friday (Saturday NZT). "Japan does, South Korea does, and I think China does", Trump concluded. "It is very important to them". "I think it's going to be a process but the relationships are building and that's a very positive thing".

The president said he believed Kim wanted a deal. It is all a process.

Trump hopes to meet Kim in Singapore on June 12 and pressure him to give up his nuclear weapons, although he conceded on Thursday that might require more rounds of direct negotiations.

The U.S. president called off the summit last week, citing Kim's "open hostility".

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Donald Trump's summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12 June is back on, the U.S. president says, a week after it was scrapped.

Despite Kim's apparent eagerness for a summit with Mr Trump, there are lingering doubts about whether he will fully relinquish his nuclear weapons, which he may see as his only guarantee of survival. "The people of #NorthKorea can have a brighter future and the world can be more peaceful".

At various points in his remarks to reporters, Trump emphasized that Friday's meeting was meant only to deliver the letter but ended up lasting as long as it did because they discussed "almost everything".

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".

The US side is pressing its demand for "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization".

USA officials have expressed optimism that the two sides are making progress toward resolving differences over the summit's agenda and logistical planning. But he threatened a flurry of new sanctions on the rogue regime if "talks break down".

Earlier on Friday, the KCNA state news agency reported that North Korea and Russian Federation agreed to hold a meeting between the two countries' leaders this year.

Last month North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho held rare talks with Lavrov in Moscow as Pyongyang moves to improve strained ties with global powers. By the next day, he was signalling the event could be back on after a conciliatory response from North Korea.

"We will continue to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula in a new era, in a new way, in a new way to find solutions to their respective problems, step by step", Kim Jong-un was quoted as saying by KCNA following Thursday talks.

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