Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Trump to receive letter from Kim Jong Un

Trump to receive letter from Kim Jong Un

The official Korean Central News Agency said Kim made the remarks in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and that the two agreed their countries should hold a bilateral summit next year. It was not clear whether the United States president would receive Kim Jong-un's envoy in the Oval Office.

While Cho said an agreement would "not be impossible" to strike during the talks, the run-up to the scheduled June 12 summit has somewhat devolved into a war of the wills over who more wants the meeting.

'It is absolutely obvious that, as we start discussions on how to resolve the nuclear problem on the Korean Peninsula, it is understood that the solution can not be comprehensive without the lifting of sanctions, ' Lavrov said in a press conference. "And I'm going to be very happy when the day arrives when we can take sanctions off and have a very good relationship with the entire Korean Peninsula", Trump said.

Trump first accepted Kim's offer for a summit in March, without much consultation.

"Our secretary of state is having very good meetings".

USA officials said the North Korea delegation would come to Washington to meet Trump and deliver the message on Friday, one week after Trump had abruptly called off preparations for the planned Jun 12 summit in a sharply-worded letter of his own.

Mr Trump played down the chances of a quick breakthrough in nuclear talks with North Korea.

Trump views a summit as a legacy-defining opportunity to make the nuclear deal that has evaded others, but he pledged to walk away from the meeting if he believed the North wasn't serious about discussing dismantling its nuclear program.

Thursday morning, Pompeo said on Twitter that the "potential summit" between the US and North Korean leaders presents North Korea "with a great opportunity to acheive security and economic prosperity".

Separately, senior US diplomats and security officials are meeting with their counterparts from Pyongyang at the demilitarized zone on the North Korea-South Korea border.

"We've had lots of conversations around that", he said.

"I am confident we are moving in the right direction", Pompeo said this week, noting that both nations had teams in Singapore to prepare for a summit between Trump and Kim, which was initially slated for June 12. "He said that North Korea was under siege by its closest neighbors, who were supported, aided and abetted by the United States".

North Korea's flurry of diplomatic activity following an increase in nuclear weapons and missile tests in 2017 suggests that Kim is eager for sanctions relief to build his economy and for the global legitimacy a summit with Trump would provide.

The North Korean official meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to salvage nuclear talks is a former spy chief linked to some of his country's highest-profile military operations in recent years, including a 2014 cyberattack on Sony Pictures that caused the company widespread embarrassment and millions in damage.

Trump abruptly canceled the summit last week, citing North Korea's "tremendous anger and open hostility" toward the United States.

He was greeted at the White House by chief of staff John Kelly before he was escorted to the Oval Office.

Just last week, the summit was called off by the White House, yet since then Trump has repeatedly teased the idea that the summit may go on, as planned.

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