Trump says summit with Kim is back on

Singapore, PM Lee thanked for ‘gracious’ assistance in helping US plan for Trump-Kim summit

The only other senior North Korean official ever to visit the White House was vice-marshal Jo Myong-rok, who delivered a letter to Bill Clinton from Kim Jong-un's father, Kim Jong-il.

Pompeo was scheduled to report to Trump about his discussions with Kim and also was said to be in regular contact with US officials in Singapore and at the demilitarized zone.

"As long as that is part of the discussion, we're going to continue to shoot for the June 12th and expect to do that". Kim needed a special waiver from the State Department to travel to NY, where he met Thursday with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and to Washington.

Amid all these things, Lavrov added an air of mystery to the meeting by presenting Kim Jong-un with a mysterious box, leaving everyone guessing about its contents, as per a report from Russia Today.

"I think it will be very positive".

"I am confident we are moving in the right direction", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after reporting "good progress" in talks between the two sides to revive an on-again, off-again nuclear summit.

President Donald Trump was due to receive a letter from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un at the White House on Friday, the latest step toward a meeting between the two world leaders.

Ahead of the dinner, Pompeo tweeted that he was "Looking forward to meeting" with Kim Yong-chol in NY to discuss a "potential summit with Chairman Kim" and President Trump.

'It is absolutely obvious that, as we start discussions on how to resolve the nuclear problem on the Korean Peninsula, it is understood that the solution can not be comprehensive without the lifting of sanctions, ' Lavrov said in a press conference.

Kim expresses willingness to meet Trump
But he was granted special permission for official travel to the United States, said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. His journey to the United States caps a frenetic few days of meetings between North Korean and American officials.

Their talks will be aimed at determining whether a meeting between Mr. Trump and Kim Jong-un, originally scheduled for June 12 but later canceled by Trump, can be restored, USA officials have said.

In a letter addressed to Mr Kim, Mr Trump cited Pyongyang's "tremendous anger and open hostility" in public statements as his reason for cancelling the meeting.

Washington has demanded that the North agree to a "complete, verifiable and irreversible" end to Pyongyang's nuclear program, which is close to the point where it could threaten U.S. cities with missile strikes. His portfolio includes North Korea's relationship with China and, lately, the United States. It was not immediately clear who accompanied Kim Yong Chol on the North Korean side.

A meeting with Trump would be a huge win for Kim, and insiders say the USA and North Korea aren't close to reaching a deal that would make it worth the US's time. The senior North Korean's visit marks the highest-level official visit to the United States in 18 years.

Kim has rejected previous United States calls for North Korea's unilateral nuclear disarmament and argued instead for a "phased" approach to denuclearisation of the entire Korean peninsula.

But his comments come at a sensitive moment, when a senior North Korean official is in NY for talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the planned summit. He was greeted by White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and Andrew Kim, a CIA official in charge of the agency's Korea Mission Center.

Kim Yong Chol left his hotel in New York City early Friday for the trip to Washington in a convoy of SUVs. The days since have seen a flurry of diplomatic efforts to get the summit back on track. However, these negotiations ultimately failed.

He admitted that he still could not confirm whether the summit will go ahead.

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