Trump confirms June 12 meeting with Kim in Singapore

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The official, Kim Yong Chol, posed for photos with Mr Trump outside the Oval Office, and they talked amiably at Mr Kim's vehicle before he was driven away.

President Donald Trump said Friday he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore, a summit he previously canceled in a letter.

"Moscow wants to be in the loop concerning the latest developments, especially with respect to the likely summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un", Lukin said.

As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks in a NY apartment with the North Korean leader's right-hand man, Kim Yong Chol, back in Washington Trump expressed optimism.

"I look forward to the day I can take the sanctions off North Korea", Trump said.

On Sunday, officials from North Korea and the USA met for talks at the "truce village" in the Demilitarized Zone that separates the Korean Peninsula.

But the presidential office remains cautious, saying that holding a three-way summit and declaring an end to the Korean War all depends on the outcome of the North Korea-US summit.

Sergei Lavrov was welcomed with open arms by Kim as he flew into the hermit kingdom in an apparent bid to curry favour ahead of the crucial summit between North Korea and the United States in Singapore next month.

Lavrov's trip to Pyongyang comes amid a flurry of diplomatic activity to organize a historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"I'd like to see it done in one meeting", Trump told Reuters.


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a meeting in Pyongyang.

Pompeo said Chol is traveling to Washington Friday with a "personal letter" from Kim Jong Un.

Yet he also said a news conference that hard work remains including hurdles that may appear to be insurmountable as negotiations progress on the USA demand for North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.

"I think it will be very positive".

Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee, was allowed into the United States despite being on a USA sanctions list.

North Korea's nuclear weapons programme has made significant advances in recent years and poses a threat to the United States.

"But we are not going to sign anything on June 12".

After meeting with Kim Yong Chol on Thursday morning in New York, Pompeo said the two sides made "real progress" but declined to discuss specifics.

The military talks will take place on June 14 on the northern side of the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone separating the two countries.

North Korea has rejected previous United States calls for its unilateral nuclear disarmament and argued instead for a "phased" approach to the denuclearization of the entire Korean peninsula, which in the past has also meant removal of the USA nuclear umbrella protecting South Korea and Japan.

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