Donald Trump waits on Kim Jong-un letter, talks up possible meeting

North Korea Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol meets with United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

North Korea Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol meets with United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

The breakthrough announced after a almost 2-hour meeting at the White House between Trump and Kim Yong-Chol, one of North Korea's most senior officials, the highest-level talks between the 2 countries in 18 years.

"We'll be, uh, meeting on June 12th in Singapore".

Cho Sung-ryul, a senior researcher at the Institute for National Security Strategy and a member of advisory group for President Moon Jae-in, said Moon could travel to Singapore in time for the Trump-Kim summit and join the two leaders in reaching a trilateral agreement to end the Korean War.

Eight days after canceling the unprecedented summit, citing Pyongyang's "open hostility", Trump welcomed North Korea's former intelligence chief, now under punitive U.S. sanctions, to the White House Oval Office, afterward exchanging smiles and handshakes, patting his arm in a friendly gesture. The announcement came after Trump hosted a senior North Korean envoy at the White House, who conveyed a personal letter by Kim that was inside a white envelope almost as large as a folded newspaper.

"We have no idea how this is going to turn out to be", Kim said.

Since taking power in 2011, Kim has not publicly met with another head of state in North Korea.

The question of how to engage with a brutal, authoritarian regime has been a challenge for most presidents, but it has taken on heightened sensitivity as Trump prepares to meet Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

The two countries have been accused of co-operating on chemical weapons.

"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. "He knows his nuclear programs well".

By contrast, Hill said, the North Koreans already "have gotten the whole enchilada" from Trump.

It would be the first time the North Korean leader would be meeting the leader of a foreign country in a summit in Pyongyang. "They seem to have figured that North Korea is not giving up its nukes and settled for pageantry".

Japan has reached a turning point in deciding whether it will continue to advocate "pressure" on North Korea, as its close ally, the United States, has leaned toward dialogue with Pyongyang.

Rodong Sinmun, a newspaper that serves as mouthpiece for the ruling Workers' Party, said Assad had made the remark Wednesday during a ceremony in which he accepted the credentials of North Korean diplomats in Syria, including the new ambassador. White House aides said Trump's sudden decision in March to agree to the summit was made with the confidence that his own negotiating skills would quickly pay greater dividends than three decades of failed lower-level talks.

They also share in their global isolation: North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme and Syria over its brutal response to opponents of Assad's rule during its seven-year civil war.

"Well, I think they want to do that", referring to denuclearization.

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