President Trump announced Thursday he would be willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un multiple times if that's what it takes to secure a lasting nuclear agreement; adding that's how "deals work" sometimes.
North Korean official Kim Yong Chol to deliver personal letter from Kim Jong Un to President Trump at the White House as summit preparations gain momentum; Kevin Corke reports.
At a time when the USA and North Korean leaders are preparing for a diplomatic summit, for the first time in history, one of the major concerns for the United States is the possibility of North Korea hiding "secret things".
At their first summit on April 27, Moon and Kim agreed to seek the declaration of an end to the war this year and push for a trilateral or quadrilateral summit to replace the armistice with a peace treaty. Yet he also said at his news conference that hard work remains including hurdles that may appear to be insurmountable as negotiations progress on the USA demand for North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.
Donald Trump's summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12 June is back on, the USA president says, a week after it was scrapped. He said the menu included steak, corn and cheese.
Photos of the dinner showed Pompeo, Kim, and two aides smiling and toasting each other. They met at the residence of the U.S. deputy representative to the United Nations, an apartment with a spectacular view of the East River.
A menu signed by Pompeo and Kim.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's top deputy is meeting with President Trump at the White House Friday. The summit never came about.
That lingering dispute has cast doubt over whether the Trump-Kim summit will go ahead as planned.
The veteran Russian envoy passed on greetings from President Vladimir Putin to Kim and invited him to visit Russia, the Russian foreign ministry said. The talks had been expected to be held in two sessions, one in the morning and one in the early afternoon, and had not been expected to conclude until 1:30 p.m.
Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency chief who has travelled to North Korea and met with Kim Jong-un twice in the past two months, said he believed the country's leaders are "contemplating a path forward where they can make a strategic shift, one that their country has not been prepared to make before". "It is impossible in one move to ensure denuclearization, that's why certainly there should be some stages", Lavrov said.
The US and North Korea remain miles apart on the goal of the summit and what can be achieved.
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"We have made real progress toward that in the last 72 hours". "There can be no immediate denuclearisation, this should be done step by step and all sides should go half-way during every single phase of this process". But they have to denuclearize.
"I think we are looking for something historic", said the official, speaking anonymously to discuss the private meetings.
The State Department official said they were seeking a corresponding commitment and "action" from the North Koreans.
Washington would need "action" and "commitment" from the North, and in turn, the official said, offering a "brighter future for North Korea if it makes a smart choice".
The letter from Mr. Kim was described as fairly basic, according to one foreign government official who was briefed on the contents.
The key meeting, scheduled for 12 June, has been jeopardised so far by belligerent statements from North Korea and threats of cancellation from Mr Trump.
Mr Pompeo's remarks came after meeting North Korean vice-chairman Kim Yong-Chol in NY. It's customary when you send a letter like that, that a letter comes in return.
Pompeo met Kim Yong Chol, the vice chairman of North Korea's Party Central Committee and a former intelligence chief, for dinner in NY on Wednesday. He has been the target of U.S. Treasury sanctions since 2010 and was believed to have traveled to NY on a special waiver by the State Department.
Pompeo said that after a series of meetings he believes the talks are going in "the right direction".
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 secretary said that in his meetings with Chol, he was very clear that the U.S.'s objective is to assure "the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".
Pompeo met with Trump before he headed to NY for a dinner with Kim "as well as a day full of meetings" on Thursday, according to Sanders.