Summit With North Korea Is Back On


Trump emerged after a more than hour-long Oval Office meeting with Kim Yong Chol - a general facing United States sanctions who is Kim's right-hand man - saying that the summit will go ahead in Singapore on June 12 as originally planned. In sentences that were printed on White House stationery, Trump, in an uncharacteristically warm and congenial tone, said he was canceling the summit because of North Korea's harsh comments about USA officials.

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".

After a back-and-forth dance with North Korea, President Donald Trump announced on Friday that the June 12 summit is back on.

"We think that working together, the people of the United States and North Korea can create a future defined by friendship and collaboration, not by mistrust and fear and threats", Pompeo said on Thursday. He said it "went very well".

"We're not going to go in and sign something on June 12th, and we never were", Trump told reporters on the White House lawn.

"It won't be easy for Kim Jong Un to turn down an official invitation, so I think it would be after the June 12 summit, which would help him to hold a successful summit with the U.S".

Kim Yong Chol, a close aide to the North Korean leader, delivered a letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump.

On Friday, Trump told the press that the "letter was a very nice letter" and offered to share it with them. Maybe that's just how he likes it. Moon, who lobbied hard for nuclear negotiations between Trump and Kim, received a letter of similar size from Kim during February's Winter Olympics where he expressed a desire for an inter-Korean summit.

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A meeting with Trump would be a huge win for Kim, and insiders say the U.S. and North Korea aren't close to reaching a deal that would make it worth the US's time.

Kim Yong Chol spent more than an hour in the Oval Office where he was spotted shaking hands with the president.

North Korean officials said Kim Yong Chol was expected to return to Pyongyang shortly.

After the meeting in the Oval Office, Trump walked Kim and his delegation to their vehicle, an honor usually reserved for a select few foreign dignitaries. This was the first time that a senior North Korean official had visited the White House since a senior military official from that country visited former-President Bill Clinton in 2000.

Mr Trump earlier told reporters he was expecting the delegation, led by Mr Chol, to travel to Washington to deliver a letter from leader Mr Kim.

Sung-Yoon Lee, a Korea expert at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, said Trump tempering expectations is "a total victory for North Korea" because it was "able to impress upon President Trump the fake image of North Korea as a reforming party interested in economic development and denuclearization". That from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.