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

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

Kim met with Pompeo in NY on Wednesday evening, in what officials described as the highest-level visit to the United States by a North Korean in 18 years.

He said he wanted to see denuclearisation occur at a rapid pace.

"Through these series of meetings, I'm confident we're moving in the right direction".

Diplomats in both countries have conducted an intense flurry of negotiations, culminating on Thursday when Pompeo sat down in NY with Kim's number two, Kim Yong Chol.

The White House visit follows two days of meetings in NY between Kim Yong Chol and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

While admitting that dealing with North Korea was "going to be a process", Trump said he believed that process would ultimately be "successful".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met top North Korean official Kim Yong Chol for dinner in Manhattan, New York.

US-ally South Korea and North Korea have technically been at war for decades, even though the Korean War's military combat ended in 1953 because a peace agreement was never signed.

The two Koreas on Friday agreed to hold military and Red Cross talks this month and open a liaison office in the North Korean border city of Kaesong, according to a joint statement released by the South's Ministry of Unification.

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He vowed Russia's support for denuclearization and a broader effort to create a stable and long-lasting peace in the region, but indicated that Moscow believes sanctions can be eased while the process is in progress, which diverges from the USA position that denuclearization must come first.

That lingering dispute has cast doubt over whether the Trump-Kim summit will go ahead as planned.

"That is why we are calling on (the United States and North Korea) to refrain from inflated expectations, and ask them not to knowingly advance unfeasible demands that may derail the process of negotiations", the diplomat stated.

Washington wants North Korea to quickly give up all its nuclear weapons in a verifiable way in return for sanctions and economic relief. "He said that North Korea was under siege by its closest neighbors, who were supported, aided and abetted by the United States".

The only other senior North Korean official ever to visit the White House was vice-marshal Jo Myong-rok, who delivered a letter to Bill Clinton from Kim Jong-un's father, Kim Jong-il.

"We will push forward to test the proposition that we can achieve that outcome", he said.

American delegations are also meeting with North Koreans at Panmunjom and in Singapore as part of efforts to plan the summit, which may take place June 12 in Singapore. "The meetings have been very positive".

With the scheduled June 12 summit approaching, Kim's letter has put the ball back in Trump's court. Pompeo and Chief of Staff John Kelly were also spotted inside the Oval Office for the meeting with President Trump. Trump's letter, the aides said, was created to pressure the North on the worldwide stage for appearing to have cold feet.

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