"The President and Prime Minister affirmed the shared imperative of achieving the complete and permanent dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and ballistic missile programs", the White House statement read.
James Clapper, director of U.S. national intelligence under former president Barack Obama, told CNN: "I support the letter that President Trump sent..." Trump had mused that Kim's "attitude" had changed after the North Korean's surprise visit to China two weeks ago, suggesting China was pushing Kim away from the table.
"However, during the U.S". But history shows that such trips don't always lead to summits: The high hopes raised by a similar North Korean mission 18 years ago ended up dashed.
Kim may see the sit-down with Trump as necessary to easing pressure from crushing sanctions and to winning security assurances in a region surrounded by enemies.
"He (Kim) also expressed his intention to put an end to the history of war and confrontation through the success of the North-US summit and to cooperate for peace and prosperity", Moon told reporters, adding both he and Kim agreed to meet or talk in person "if necessary".
The senior North Korean envoy was expected to arrive in the United States on Wednesday after speaking to Chinese officials in Beijing, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said.
On Tuesday, South Korea's foreign ministry said it will focus "all efforts" to lay the groundwork for the success of ongoing diplomacy with the North.
They agreed to have their top officials meet again June 1.
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Sung Kim, the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, also served as ambassador to South Korea and was part of the USA negotiating team that last held substantive denuclearisation talks with North Korea during the George W Bush administration in 2005.
Allison Hooker, a National Security Council official for Korean affairs, left the hotel by vehicle at 9:40 a.m. on Tuesday, followed by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, a seasoned nuclear negotiator, and Randall Shriver, assistant secretary of defense for Asia and Pacific security affairs.
On Monday, White House aides were awaiting word from a United States team of negotiators posted along the Korean Demilitarized Zone for talks with officials from North Korea.
While Kim was accompanied by Kim Yong-chol, a vice chairman of the central committee of the ruling Workers' Party and head of the United Front Department handling inter-Korean relations.
Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a policy adviser to Moon, said the South Korean president wants Kim to accept an alternative approach advocated by Seoul, in which the North's comprehensive commitment and credible actions toward denuclearization are followed by a phased but compressed process of declaration, inspection and verifiable dismantling. The group included US Ambassador to the Philippines, Sung Kim, and is a clear sign the summit between the two leaders is back on track. Ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk also did not say whether Seoul knew of any US plans regarding Kim Yong Chol's visit, such as whether he and Pompeo would meet. The two leaders embraced as Moon departed.
In his most recent meeting with Pompeo, Kim struck a defiant tone, saying at a luncheon that North Korea's willingness to enter into talks was "not a result of sanctions that have been imposed from the outside".
Analysts believe the US side will be seeking to determine whether North Korea is willing to agree on sufficient steps towards denuclearisation to allow a summit to take place.
President Trump said Kim's visit was a "solid response" to a letter he wrote last week canceling the June summit in Singapore. "Looks like it's going along very well", said the U.S. president in response to questions from reporters.