Trump awaits Kim letter as summit talks make progress

Trump awaits Kim letter as summit talks make progress

The US President also spoke of his hope for the peace process with North Korea, announcing that his planned summit with Kim Jong-un on 12 June was back on. "As we move to adjust to the political situation in the face of USA hegemonism, I am willing to exchange detailed and in-depth opinions with your leadership and hope to do so moving forward", Kim told Sergey Lavrov.

Kim Yong Chol, the highest-level North Korean official to visit the United States in 18 years, plans to travel to Washington to convey a personal letter by Kim Jong Un to Trump.

The summit was previously scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, but President Trump cancelled it last week.

"I look forward to the day I can take the sanctions off North Korea", Trump said.

Kim Yong Chol, the most senior North Korean to visit the United States in almost 20 years, dined with Pompeo and the two were due to meet again on May 31.

This handout photograph obtained courtesy of the US Department of State shows Kim Yong-chol (L), Vice Chairman of North Korea, during his meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (C) on May 30, 2018 in NY.

After a almost 80-minute-long meeting in the Oval Office, Trump, Pompeo, and Kim Yong Chol posed for a photo opp.

At a time when the U.S. and North Korean leaders are preparing for a diplomatic summit, for the first time in history, one of the major concerns for the United States is the possibility of North Korea hiding "secret things".

The meeting follows two landmark summits between the leaders of North and South Korea in the last five weeks.

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Such positions, and his omnipresence before and during inter-Korean summits in April and on Saturday, make him one of the most powerful people in North Korea, South Korean officials say.

Kim Yong-chol is the most senior North Korean visitor to the United States since Vice Marshal Jo Myong-rok visited Washington in 2000 to meet President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Andrew Kim, a top expert on North Korea at the C.I.A., and Mark Lambert, a senior State Department official, joined Mr. Pompeo in the meeting.

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.

It is still far from clear that North Korea's vision of "denuclearization" in exchange for security guarantees and sanctions relief will prove compatible with Washington's demand for a "complete, verifiable and irreversible" end to its nuclear program. That from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"But we are not going to sign anything on June 12".

Rare visit: Kim Yong Chol is the North's top nuclear arms negotiator and its former intelligence chief. They talked over a steak dinner Wednesday and chocolate croissants Thursday morning. The move spawned speculation that Seoul is seeking a trilateral summit among South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump and Kim. Relations turned sour again after George W. Bush took office in early 2001 with a tough policy on the North.

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

The White House gave him a respectful greeting upon his arrival, with White House chief of staff John F. Kelly meeting him at the ceremonial diplomatic entrance on the South Lawn in full view of television cameras and photographers.

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