US, North Korea to hold second day of nuclear talks

US, North Korea to hold second day of nuclear talks

President Donald Trump was reportedly set to receive a personal letter from North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un via one of the young ruler's top lieutenants, who visited the White House on Friday. The US wants complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and Trump said that Kim is committed to that goal, too.

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.

"I never said it goes in one meeting", Mr. Trump said.

"They'd like to see something happen - and if we can work that out, that would be good".

Questions remain about what a deal on the North's nuclear weapons would look like though Trump said Friday he believed that Kim would agree to denuclearization.

"That letter was a very nice letter". But it captures the drama of a reality TV show and, in this case, reflects a high-stakes diplomatic one.

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

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

The key task ahead of the June 12 summit is to settle the agenda.

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President Trump's remarks follow months of pressure from China and South Korea on Washington to invest in the economic reconstruction of North Korea, ravaged by almost a century of oppressive communist rule. He cited "tremendous anger and open hostility" by Pyongyang but also urged Kim Jong Un to call him. In the meeting, Lavrov invited Kim Jong Un to visit Russia and meet with the Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kim was at the White House to deliver a letter from the North Korean leader concerning the proposed summit. Can you believe that we're talking about the ending of the Korean what you talking about 70 years here.

US President Donald Trump is prepared to walk away from peace talks with North Korea at any time, a former military leader has warned, insisting that a peaceful solution to the North Korea nuclear issue is not certain. Trump was expected to meet with the official in the Oval Office.

Since the short-lived boycott threat, diplomats from both countries have conducted an intense flurry of talks, culminating this week when Pompeo sat down in NY with Kim's envoy.

In his interview with Reuters, the US president said a nuclear deal with North Korea would have to cover its missile program.

"We will push forward to test the proposition that we can achieve that outcome", he said.

After receiving a "personal letter" from Putin, which was delivered by Lavrov, Kim expressed hope to promote "high-level" talks in order to "continue to develop strategic and traditional relations" between Russian Federation and North Korea. "I said, 'Would you want me to open it?' He said, 'You can read it later.' I may be in for a big surprise, folks!" He doesn't plan to introduce new sanctions.

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

Within a day, both sides were in new talks to save the summit, and Kim Yong-chol flew to NY this week to meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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