US President Trump confirms meeting with Kim Jong

by Garry Watts June 2, 2018, 10:45
US President Trump confirms meeting with Kim Jong

President Donald Trump announced that the historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un is back on for June 12 in Singapore.

"It'll be a beginning", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn, adding, "I think we're going to have a very positive result in the end". In this way, the video is an unusual admission of the poor state of North Korea's economy and the helplessness of its leadership. Trump left Friday afternoon for a weekend at Camp David.

Trump said he spoke with the North Korean envoy, Kim Yong Chol, about sanctions on the reclusive regime.

"I never said it goes in one meeting".

After the meeting, which lasted more than an hour, Trump walked Kim out of the White House. Under Trump, the USA has led a "maximum pressure" campaign of military drills and strict sanctions against North Korea, which has so far refused to abandon the nuclear weapons it believes are necessary to protect it from a US invasion.

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

"We have seen history repeat, where North Korea would declare to denuclearise, thereby portraying itself as conciliatory and forthcoming, only to turn around to void all worldwide efforts towards peace". "Remember what I say: We will see what we will see".

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Trump warmly greeted Kim Yong Chol, the vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee, in the Oval Office, where a brief encounter meant for the hand delivery of a personal letter from Kim Jong Un became a longer discussion of areas of disagreement between the two countries.

When asked if he could offer a "flavor of what the letter said", Trump said: "It was a very interesting letter".

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.

Later Friday, deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley confirmed that Trump had read the letter, but he did not reveal its contents. Trump had withdrawn from the summit on May 24 with a strongly worded letter of his own, citing "tremendous anger and open hostility" by Pyongyang but also urged Kim to call him. North Korea's conciliatory response to that letter appears to have put the summit back on track. However, his comments were the most positive from any USA official since Mr. Trump abruptly canceled the meeting last week after belligerent statements from the North.

Trump has refused to publicly acknowledge whether he's spoken directly with Kim Jong Un ahead of the talks.

But the USA leader warned that he did not expect to immediately sign a deal to bring a halt to the North's nuclear programme.

Itsunori Onodera said North Korea agreed to give up nuclear weapons as early as 1994, but has continued to develop them in secret and until previous year threatened surrounding countries with a series of ballistic missile launches. But there are lingering doubts on whether he will ever fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as his only guarantee of survival in a region surrounded by enemies.

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