Trump Eases Tone on North Korea With Singapore Summit Back On

Clay Curtis
June 2, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un complained of "US hegemonism" to Russia's visiting foreign minister on Thursday, as one of his top lieutenants was in NY trying to pave the way for a summit with President Donald Trump.

"I think you'll have a very positive result in the end - not from one meeting", Mr. Trump said. Still, Pompeo said he doesn't yet know whether the meeting will proceed on the announced date of June 12 and that he believes North Korea's leaders are contemplating a different path forward that would allow their nation to more fully integrate into the worldwide community. "We are not going to go in..."

USA officials now expect the summit to go ahead, but they want Pyongyang to accept that nuclear disarmament be at the heart of the discussion - and warn there can be no end to trade sanctions without it.

He said that the meeting could bring an end to the conflict between North and South Korea. Can you believe that we're talking about the ending of the Korean what you talking about 70 years here.

"We have hundreds that are ready to go", he warned.

Kim Yong Chol was allowed into the United States despite being on a US sanctions list, and granted special permission to travel outside the NY area to meet with the president.

It was the first visit to the White House by a North Korean official for 18 years. "Now Trump is talking about two or three summits; it's entirely possible they're not going to get done in one".

Having offended North Korea with comments that hinted at regime change, he largely stayed away from the cameras and stayed out of the Oval meeting, aides said. Kim has already had two meetings each with Chinese leader Xi Jinping and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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Shortly after 1 p.m., a black sport utility vehicle entered the White House grounds and pulled up to the South Portico, where Kim Yong Chol, a former spy chief who is leading the North Korea side in pre-summit talks, stepped out.

While South Korea has always been in favor of a trilateral summit, the U.S. hasn't so willing, according to Mintaro Oba, a former State Department diplomat involved in Korean affairs. "They want Trump in the center stage", he said.

The visit marks the second time in history a North Korean official has visited the White House.

But as he stood side-by-side smiling with Kim Yong Chol outside the Oval Office, before waiving him goodbye, there was a small but poignant reminder of the scale of Trump's task.

Russia's involvement in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula will ensure the maintenance of the process, Beijing-based political analyst and CNTV commentator Tom McGregor told Sputnik, sharing his views on what could lay behind a series of controversial messages between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. "It is very important to them". "I purposely didn't open the letter".

Trump cancelled the on-off North Korea summit in late May, blaming the country's "tremendous anger and open hostility". Trump said Friday he believed Kim Jong Un would agree to denuclearization, but the two countries have offered differing visions of what that entails. "I said, 'Would you want me to open it?' He said, 'You can read it later.' I may be in for a big surprise".

In a sign that Trump understands the risks of his freewheeling approach, the president, after praising Kim's "very nice letter", later told reporters he had not opened it.

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