US President Trump confirms meeting with Kim Jong

US President Trump confirms meeting with Kim Jong

US President Trump confirms meeting with Kim Jong

He added there may even need to be a second or third summit meeting to reach a deal on North Korean denuclearization but still hedged, saying "maybe we'll have none". "We can go fast; we can go slowly".

A top North Korean official has departed the White House after meeting with President Donald Trump amid negotiations over a high-stakes summit.

Kim says he is committed to "denuclearization" in some form, but he is expected to demand security guarantees - one of which could be an formal end to the conflict with the US and South Korea. We did discuss that, the ending of the Korean War.

China does not welcome USA presence in its neighbourhood, with speculation that it had suggested to Mr Kim to ask for troop withdrawal at the negotiating table with the US.

He said it should not have been left to him to fix the North Korean problem, after the United States failed to correctly deal with Kim's grandfather Kim Il Sung and father Kim Jong Il.

The presidential office is pushing to hold a summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong in July, it said Wednesday.

"The eyes and hope of the world are on these talks", Mr Mattis said. "But I see over a period of time", Trump said.

When asked about the letter from Kim, Trump called it a "very nice letter" but said he had not read it.

Eight days after canceling the unprecedented summit, citing Pyongyang's "open hostility", Trump welcomed North Korea's former intelligence chief, now under punitive USA sanctions, to the White House Oval Office, afterward exchanging smiles and handshakes, patting his arm in a friendly gesture.

Donald Trump has said he will meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un at a denuclearisation summit on June 12.

Meanwhile, Kim Jong Un and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met in Pyongyang Thursday, according to North Korea's official state news agency.

Trump stopped short of making promises of what would come of the historic summit, however, noting, "It will be a process..." "We're going to start a process".

Since that short-lived crisis, diplomats from both countries have conducted an intense flurry of talks, culminating this week when Pompeo sat down in NY with Kim's envoy.

"I'd like to see it done in one meeting", Trump told Reuters.

Gen Kim Yong-chol's visit to Washington came a day after he met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in NY. "He has deliberately sabotaged the talks over the last two weeks & was setting us up to take the blame".

Wall Street took word from Trump that the summit was back on in stride.

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