Trump Eases Tone on North Korea With Singapore Summit Back On

Trump Eases Tone on North Korea With Singapore Summit Back On

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and high-ranking North Korean official Kim Yong Chol enter a second day of meetings in NY on Thursday as they try to settle nuclear weapons disagreements and set the stage for an historic summit between their leaders.

'Come to Russia, we'll be very happy to see you, ' Lavrov told Kim in remarks released by the Russian foreign ministry.

Trump made the announcement on Friday after welcoming Kim Jong-un's right-hand man, Kim Yong-chol, to the White House to talk about Washington's demands of de-nuclearisation in the Korean peninsula. "We'll be meeting on June 12th in Singapore".

Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency chief who has travelled 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".

The envoy's visit, the first by a top North Korean official in 18 years, came after two days of meetings with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in NY to lay further groundwork for the summit.

Kim's arrival in Washington - in a small caravan of SUV's from NY - came a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that he was confident negotiations with Pyongyang were "moving in the right direction".

"The big deal with be on June 12".

Trump tweeted Tuesday that is cancellation letter got a "solid response".

Trump views a summit as a legacy-defining opportunity to make the nuclear deal that has evaded others, but he pledged to walk away from the meeting if he believed the North wasn't serious about discussing dismantling its nuclear program. He was carrying a letter for Trump directly from Kim Jong Un.

Despite Lavrov's invitation to Kim, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that it's "too early to speculate" about a Putin-Kim summit. The senior North Korean's visit marks the highest-level official visit to the United States in 18 years.

The visit marks the second time in history a North Korean official has visited the White House. It's the highest-level meeting between a United States president and a North Korean official since 2000.

There is speculation that Kim Yong-chol could visit Washington and meet with Trump.

Kim Yong Chol was met by chief of staff John Kelly when he arrived at the White House on Friday afternoon, and was quickly whisked inside the building.

While the contents of the letter are unclear, Trump said the letter from Kim was "very interesting" calling it a "very nice letter".

U.S. officials have also confirmed that imagery shows technical equipment was removed from the tunnel complex prior to the detonations, indicating the North Koreans were keeping gear for potential reuse.

Then exited the more composed, much smaller and slightly less trim figure of Kim Yong Chol.

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea flared after US Vice President Mike Pence compared the North Korea situation to Libya, provoking a furious reply from the Kim regime.

North Korea's nuclear weapons programme has made significant advances in recent years and poses a threat to the United States.

The North Korean visit to the White House on Friday is the first since 2000, when President Bill Clinton met with Jo Myong-rok, a special envoy for Kim Jong-il, in an unsuccessful bid to win the reclusive nation's nuclear disarmament.

"I told them, take your time".

South Korean officials reported said that, if Moon attends, he would be there to take part in discussions about declaring a formal end to the Korean War, which has technically been ongoing since 1953.

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