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Trump announces summit with North Korea is back on

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Glenn Montgomery | 02 June, 2018, 04:32

Ending weeks of uncertainly, US President Donald Trump announced Friday that his historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is back on for June 12 in Singapore.

However, Trump said it may take more than one meeting with Kim Jong Un to get a deal through.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is in Pyongyang on Thursday, meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss the state of talks with South Korea - and inviting Kim to visit President Vladimir Putin in Russia.

After the NY meetings, Pompeo said the two sides made "real progress" but declined to discuss specifics.

Gen Kim Yong-chol's visit to Washington came a day after he met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in NY.

Kim's arrival in Washington - in a small caravan of SUV's from NY - came a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that he was confident negotiations with Pyongyang were "moving in the right direction".

The president reiterated that he had no plans to sign anything on June 12, but added that he looked forward to lifting economic sanctions now imposed on North Korea.

Trump says he didn't open the letter.

"I said I'm not going to put them on until such time as the talks break down".

North Korea has carried out six nuclear tests and numerous tests of ballistic missiles, all the while maintaining a barrage of belligerent rhetoric against its enemies, particularly the US.

President Trump received a hand-delivered letter from Kim at the White House today. Quoted by the state news agency, KCNA, Kim said "the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula will be solved on a stage-by-stage basis" in which each party addressed the interests of the other.

Rare visit: Kim Yong Chol is the North's top nuclear arms negotiator and its former intelligence chief.

President Donald Trump at the White House on May 16.

"South Korea will do that", Trump told a reporter who asked if the two sides discussed American economic nation-building in the country.

But he said that, after what have now been two meetings with Kim Jong Un and three with Kim Yong Chol, he believes the North is at least ready to consider addressing United States demands for denuclearization.

Trump predicted the upcoming meeting in Singapore would likely be the first of many.

Kim Yong Chol was greeted at the White House by chief of staff John Kelly and then whisked into the Oval Office.

"Good working dinner with Kim Yong Chol in NY tonight", Pompeo tweeted Wednesday.

Trump told reporters the talks were going well and that North Korean officials may come to Washington DC on Friday (Saturday NZT) with a letter from Kim.

North Korea, whose nuclear ambitions have been a source of tension for decades, has made advances in missile technology in recent years and its nuclear arsenal now threatens the United States. "That I can tell you".

Kim is the most senior North Korean visitor to the United States since Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok visited Washington in 2000 to meet President Bill Clinton.

He was likely granted a temporary waiver to travel to NY, and further approval would be required to travel to Washington.

"It will take bold leadership from Chairman Kim Jong Un if we were able to seize this once in a lifetime opportunity to change the course for the world", he said. But after an Oval Office sit-down with Kim Yong Chol Friday, the president said they are "totally over" last week's drama and it would be a "big mistake" to call off denuclearization talks with North Korea.

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