Trump to Revives Summit with North Korean Leader

06 June, 2018, 04:08 | Author: Carlos George
  • Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon speaks before he leaves for inter Korean talks

And I told them today, take your time.

He adds, "We have seen history repeat, where North Korea would declare to denuclearize, thereby portraying itself as conciliatory and forthcoming, only to turn around to void all global efforts towards peace". But he said he would not remove current sanctions until the North took steps to denuclearize.

Song says: "A dramatic change has come for the security environment of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia".

Pompeo also was scheduled to meet with Trump to brief him on the state of the talks.

He says the "hopes of the world are on these talks".

The US and global press were on the ground to record one of the most significant achievements in the US-North Korea diplomacy. It's unclear what the two discussed specifically, but there have been some indications the two sides may be far apart on the issue of denuclearization.

Mattis was speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an worldwide security conference in Singapore.

The envoy, Gen Kim Yong-chol, hand-delivered a letter from the North Korean leader to President Trump.

The White House said talks of the "total denuclearization of the peninsula" do not extend to US weapons systems - a defense umbrella covering South Korea that includes nuclear-armed submarines and strategic bombers capable of carrying nuclear bombs not based on the peninsula.

On Friday, Trump told the press that the "letter was a very nice letter" and offered to share it with them. He wants North Korea to give up its nuclear arms in return for sanctions relief, but the Pyongyang leadership has seen the nuclear program as crucial to its survival and says it can not give it up without security guarantees. However, his comments were the most positive from any United States official since Trump abruptly canceled the meeting last week after belligerent statements from the North. Trump joked as he turned back to the Oval Office - ostensibly to finally read the letter he'd talked so much about.

The United States previously blacklisted Kim Yong Chol, who once served as a bodyguard to the current leader's father Kim Jong Il, from coming to the United States because of his role in North Korea's military establishment. He had announced just last week that he was canceling the meeting.

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Washington wants North Korea to quickly give up all its nuclear weapons in a verifiable way in return for sanctions and economic relief. The conference is set to deliberate on whether the June 12 meeting that has been cancelled by President Trump can be reinstated.

Trump is expected to receive the letter from a senior North Korean official, Kim Yong Chol, who is traveling to Washington.

As Trump is never one to be outdone, how big a letter would he send back, others asked.

The letter was "carefully examined" by the Secret Service for anything potentially risky before the North Korean official was able to deliver it, according to a White House official.

Kim Yong Chol met with Trump for two hours in the Oval Office when he delivered the letter.

The president on Thursday also briefly tweeted: "Very good meetings with North Korea". This state visit marks the highest level visit from Pyongyang to the United States in 18 years. This time, Trump did not greet his visitor in person, leaving that task to his chief of staff John Kelly and a top Central Intelligence Agency official.

Did Kim, a third-generation hereditary leader, think Trump would share his love for lavish gestures and things grandiose?

In his remarks following the meeting, Trump stressed that the June 12 summit is the start of a "process". "And I think it's probably going to be a very successful - ultimately, a successful process".

The head of the North Korean delegation Ri Son Gwon, center, talks with South Korean reporters as he arrives to meet with South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon at the southern side of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Friday, June 1, 2018. They posed for some pictures there along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Trump views a summit as a legacy-defining opportunity to make a nuclear deal.



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