North Korea: Trump says summit with Kim is back on

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

Former four-star general and chairman of the Institute for the Study of War Jack Keane told Fox News that Trump would not engage in game-playing with his North Korean counterpart over their Singapore summit.

Moon and Kim have held two rounds of inter-Korean summits, on April 27 and May 26.

But he has had two summit meetings in recent weeks with South Korea and made two visits to China as part of a campaign of diplomatic outreach aimed at easing Pyongyang's isolation and USA -led global sanctions.

Trump made the announcement after receiving a visit from one of Kim's top aides, Kim Yong Chol, who delivered a letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump in the Oval Office, reports CNN.

Kim Yong Chol delivered a letter from the North Korean leader to Trump.

"We're not going to go in and sign something on June 12". The days since have seen a flurry of diplomatic efforts to get the summit back on track.

North Korea's flurry of diplomatic activity following an increase in nuclear weapons and missile tests in 2017 suggests that Kim is eager for sanctions relief to build his economy and for the global legitimacy a summit with Trump would provide.

Trump said he hoped the meeting would be "ultimately successful" but said he did not expect concrete results, like North Korea's denuclearization, stressing that the meeting is "the start of a process".

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.

White House officials maintain that Trump was hopeful the North was merely negotiating but that he was prepared for the letter to mark the end of the two-month flirtation. "Japan does, South Korea does, and I think China does", Trump concluded.

Trump received Kim Yong Chol, a former North Korean spy chief who has been involved in decades of nuclear talks. But in March, the bellicose rhetoric gave way to a proposal for a historic summit.

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Taxiing down the runway, the plane suddenly slowed and its pilot turned back the craft to look into an instrument failure. When The Associated Press reported on the politically fraught backchannel in March, few imagined it would succeed.

Kim Yong Chol spent more than an hour in the Oval Office where he was spotted shaking hands with the president. He even pretended to take bids to reveal what it said.

"I want it to be meaningful", he said.

Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee, was allowed into the United States despite being on a USA sanctions list, but the State Department has said he would likely need additional approval to travel outside the NY area.

This photo taken on September 6, 2017 shows participants of a mass celebration in Pyongyang for scientists involved in carrying out North Korea's largest nuclear blast to date.

To make his trip this week, Kim Yong-chol needed special permission for official travel to the U.S. because he had previously been blacklisted.

Gen Kim was accused of masterminding attacks on the South Korean warship Cheonan and Yeonpyeong Island in 2010.

With relations thawing, the United States has pledged to help rebuild North Korea's economy if it agrees to give up its nuclear weapons.

Meanwhile, North and South Korean officials continue their dialogue on Friday at the border village of Panmunjom.

China, North Korea's main trading partner and ally, said it supported and encouraged the "emerging good faith" between the United States and North Korea.

Lavrov passed on greetings from President Vladimir Putin to Kim and invited him to visit Russia, the Russian foreign ministry said.

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