Trump’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is now back on

Larry Hoffman
June 2, 2018

The North Korean delegation arrived to U.S. shores in an effort to salvage the historic Kim-Trump meeting, originally scheduled to be held in Singapore on June 12.

Trump says after an Oval Office meeting Friday with North Korea's Kim Yong Chol that he'd be making a mistake not to go forward with the on-again, off-again nuclear summit in Singapore. "There remains a great deal of work to do", he said. He said it was likely that more than one meeting would be necessary. "But it'll get done at some point".

President Donald Trump says he won't impose any additional sanctions on North Korea for the time being.

Despite having a border with North Korea and relatively cordial relations that President Vladimir Putin has seemed to want to develop further, Russian Federation has kept a surprisingly low profile as Kim has emerged onto the world stage this year, meeting twice with Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Even as he pulled out, though, Trump urged Kim to "call me or write" if he wanted to revive the meeting.

Kim's visit represented an extraordinary turn of events.

Trump further cautioned: "We'll see where it leads".

Ending weeks of uncertainly, US President Donald Trump announced Friday that his historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is back on for June 12 in Singapore.

Trump made the announcement, just a week after he canceled the summit, after an hour-long meeting with a top North Korean official who delivered a letter from the North Korean leader.

"We have hundreds that are ready to go", he warned. The days since have seen a flurry of diplomatic efforts to get the summit back on track.

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

There had been speculation in the South Korean media that Gen. Kim would be carrying a letter for Mr. Trump to respond to the one the president sent to the North Korean leader last week.

Last month North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho held rare talks with Lavrov in Moscow as Pyongyang moves to improve strained ties with global powers.

He snubbed France, Germany and Britain by pulling out of a nuclear agreement with Iran and upset the Europeans, as well as neighbors Canada and Mexico, with protectionist trade policies meant to safeguard

North Korea's envoy Kim Yong Chol shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during their meeting in NY, U.S., May 31, 2018. He said of the North Koreans, "I believe they will be coming down to Washington on Friday".

Pompeo warned at a news conference after talks with Kim Yong Chol in NY on Wednesday and Thursday that the path to better relations would not be easy.

"Totally over that - and now we're going to deal and we're going to really start a process".

But the U.S. wants denuclearisation first and it is unclear whether Mr Kim will agree to fully abandon his nuclear arsenal.

Trump said he believed Kim Jong Un would agree to denuclearization.

Trump has been trying to bring together the two countries for some months, in a bid to end North Korea's nuclear weapons programme. Kim needed a special waiver from the State Department to travel to NY and to Washington.

Representatives of the Koreas, meanwhile, agreed Friday to hold "inter-Korean general-level military talks" June 14 to ease military tensions on the Korean Peninsula, according to South Korea's Unification Ministry.

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