Salvaged Trump-Kim summit a win for North Korea

03 June, 2018, 02:54 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Kim Yong Chol touched down in New York City on Wednesday afternoon

A photo showed Trump holding up the envelope with a Cheshire cat grin alongside an also smiling Kim Yong Chol, the most senior North Korean to visit the White House in 18 years, as they posed in front of a Thomas Jefferson portrait.

He also said "we talked about ending the war", suggesting a formal conclusion of hostilities stemming from the Korean War in the 1950s could be a result of the Singapore summit.

"We talked about nearly everything".

Kim's personal meeting with Lavrov was likely a move to try to secure Russia - along with China - as another powerful player that can push the United States to ease sanctions and make other concessions, said Anthony Rinna, a specialist in Korea-Russia relations at Sino-NK, a website that analyzes the region.

The current rapprochement on the peninsula was triggered by the games, to which the North sent athletes, cheerleaders, and his sister as an envoy.

The decision to have the meeting puts a number of Republican lawmakers in an awkward position, as many praised Trump for canceling the talks.

President Trump declared the North Korea summit is back on after weeks of diplomatic drama, but experts say the USA appears to be walking toward the Singapore meeting with no answer for how to force Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear arsenal. He was expected to deliver a letter from Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon), the North Korean dictator, to Trump.

Washington Post's Tokyo bureau chief, Anna Fifield, pondered if this was a play on Trump's past claim that he has a "much bigger" nuclear button than Kim.

Mr Trump said after an Oval Office meeting with North Korea's Kim Yong-chol that he would be making a mistake not to go forward with the on-again, off-again nuclear summit in Singapore.

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The meeting followed two landmark summits between the leaders of North and South Korea in the last five weeks. "I think they're good". And that letter was a very nice letter.

Chol traveled to Washington D.C. Friday morning after meetings in NY with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

4 outcomes: So what might come of the June 12 summit? He said it "went very well".

His visit comes amid a flurry of diplomatic activity to organise next month's summit, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also meeting Kim's right-hand man Kim Yong Chol in NY late Wednesday.

He said Moscow hoped all sides would take a measured approach to possible forthcoming talks on a nuclear settlement.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who met with Kim yesterday, said he felt negotiations were "moving in the right direction".

Trump announced Friday after meeting with a top aide to Kim that the summit is back on.

An advance team, led by deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin, has held meetings with the North Korean team in Singapore this week.

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