Pres. Trump announces summit with N. Korea back on

Pres. Trump announces summit with N. Korea back on

Pres. Trump announces summit with N. Korea back on

President Donald Trump talks with Kim Yong Chol, left, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of leader Kim Jong Un's closest aides, as they walk from the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Friday, June 1, 2018.

Kim, making the visit to hand deliver a letter from Kim Jong Un, spoke with Trump for over an hour and a half in the Oval Office.

Nevertheless, the U.S. president had warm words for Pyongyang, saying the long discussions had touched on North Korea's denuclearization and economic development. "I think they want to do that, I know they want to do that", he said, adding that a process like this would likely take more than one meeting.

At least one foreign government official has said the letter indicated Kim Jong Un's desire to get the summit back on track without talks of threats or concessions, but Trump did not discuss its contents. He also added that he had not yet read the letter Kim had been dispatched to deliver, saying "I could be in for a big surprise, folks".

Trump views a summit as a legacy-defining opportunity to make a nuclear deal, but he has left the world guessing since canceling the meeting last week in an open letter to Kim that complained of the North's "tremendous anger and open hostility".

Within days, three teams of officials in the U.S., Singapore and the Korean demilitarized zone began meeting on preparations for the summit. By the next day, he was signaling the event could be back on after a conciliatory response from North Korea.

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Song Young-moo said: "Just because we have been tricked by North Korea in the past doesn't guarantee that we will be tricked in the future". Washington is determined that Kim should agree to what United States officials call the "complete, verifiable and irreversible" end of North Korea's nuclear weapons and intercontinental missile programs. The envoy was the highest level figure from the secretive state to hold talks at the White House since a senior envoy visited former President Bill Clinton in 2000.

USA defense and intelligence officials have repeatedly assessed the North to be on the threshold the capability to strike anywhere in the continental US with a nuclear-tipped missile - a capacity that Trump and other US officials have said they would not tolerate.

It was a extraordinary softening of tone toward North Korea from a president who previous year threatened to rain "fire and fury" on the country because of the threat its nuclear weapons and long-range missiles pose to the United States. That was the last time the two sides, which are technically at war, attempted to arrange a leadership summit.

"In light of how North Korea has behaved in the past, I believe that it is important not to reward North Korea exclusively for agreeing to have a dialogue", he said. He also indicated that South Korea, China, and Japan would be prepared to invest in the North to boost its besieged economy.

Kim Yong Chul, who till now was under United States sanctions, is likely to stay in the country till tomorrow. The video is part of a training video for party officials but has been leaked to the public, according to a North Korean defector.

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