Pompeo Says 'Real Progress' Made Toward Trump-Kim Summit

01 June, 2018, 22:32 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Singapore, PM Lee thanked for ‘gracious’ assistance in helping US plan for Trump-Kim summit

The official said that broadly, the "goal is denuclearization".

Determining what kind of deal Pyongyang would be willing to make is likely a subject of Pompeo's talks this week, and could be a determining factor in whether the summit goes forward.

He and Pompeo had discussions over dinner of steak, corn and cheese on Wednesday, Pompeo said in an earlier tweet.

On his Twitter account, Pompeo posted a series of photographs from meetings with Kim on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

The last time a North Korean official visited the White House was in 2000, when then-Vice Marshal Jo Yong-rok met President Bill Clinton and US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

While admitting that dealing with North Korea was "going to be a process", Trump said he believed that process would ultimately be "successful".

Talking to South Korean reporters ahead of Friday's meeting, Ri seemed irritated when asked whether North Korea sees its grievances as resolved, saying reporters must ask questions that "meet the demand of changing times".

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

Former four-star general and chairman of the Institute for the Study of War Jack Keane told Fox News that Trump would not engage in game-playing with his North Korean counterpart over their Singapore summit.

The two "top dogs", as a State Department official called them, hope to bridge the vast gaps over whether North Korea is prepared to agree to nuclear disarmament - and what Washington will offer in exchange.

Kim Yong Chol left his hotel in New York City early Friday for the trip to Washington in a convoy of SUVs. But he has also said a meeting could still take place. They walked along the Rose Garden to the Oval Office, where Kim was expected to hand over the letter from his leader.

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North Korea's Kim Yong Chol, centre, leaves a hotel in NY.

North Korea's envoy Kim Yong-chol shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during their meeting in NY.

The United States has been demanding that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons program amid reports that it is close to being able to launch a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States.

"As we move to adjust to the political situation in the face of United States hegemonism, I am willing to exchange detailed and in-depth opinions with your leadership and hope to do so moving forward", Kim told Lavrov.

At the White House, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave an upbeat assessment of preparations for the summit and said the United States is "shooting for" a reinstatement of the meeting as scheduled on June 12. U.S. officials had previously insisted that the North Koreans would have to be ready to surrender their nuclear arsenal at the meeting.

"But I think it'll get done in a very smart, organised fashion and I think that Kim Jong Un wants to see it also".

Trump said the June 12 meeting will be "a beginning".

Terry, a former Korea analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency, warned that it would be a "disaster" if Trump and Kim Jong-un were surprised by their differences at a summit meeting and could not come to "even a remotest agreement" on what denuclearisation means.

He told Mr Lavrov he hoped to boost cooperation with Russian Federation, which has remained largely on the sidelines in recent months as Mr Kim made a major diplomatic outreach to the United States as well as to South Korea and China.

An advance team, led by Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin, met with the North Korean team in Singapore on Wednesday, and expect to meet again on Thursday, according to the White House.

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