Summit with Kim is back on: Donald Trump

Jun 03, 2018, 08:04 IST | Agencies

US President says summit with the N Korean leader will be held on June 12

Donald Trump with Kim Yong Chol (left) and Mike Pompeo. Pic/AFP
Donald Trump with Kim Yong Chol (left) and Mike Pompeo. Pic/AFP

US President Donald Trump said Friday his summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un is back on for next month, after extraordinary Oval Office talks with a top envoy from Pyongyang. Trump emerged after a more than hour-long Oval Office meeting with Kim Yong Chol — a general facing US sanctions who is Kim's right-hand man — saying that the summit will go ahead in Singapore on June 12 as originally planned.

While admitting that dealing with North Korea was "going to be a process," Trump said he believed that process would ultimately be "successful." Trump said the letter from Kim, hand-delivered by Kim Yong Chol, was "very nice" and "very interesting" — but then said he had not opened it yet. Nevertheless, the US president had warm words for Pyongyang, saying the long discussions had touched on North Korea's denuclearisation and economic development.

Trump indicated that the campaign of "maximum pressure" was at least on hold, vowing no new sanctions while talks are ongoing. In a move that is sure to worry US allies in Japan and South Korea, Trump also said that he and his guest had discussed US troop numbers on the Korean peninsula.

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