Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

North Korea summit back on for June 12

North Korea summit back on for June 12

"As we move to adjust to the political situation in the face of United States hegemonism, I am willing to exchange detailed and in-depth opinions with your leadership and hope to do so moving forward", Mr Kim told Mr Lavrov.

Trump's announcement comes after top North Korean official Kim Yong Chol visited the White House Friday to deliver the letter.

After his second summit with Kim on May 26, Moon voiced hopes that should the Trump-Kim summit succeed, the leaders of the two Koreas and the US could push for a declaration of a formal end to the war.

A top North Korean official is in the US and met Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for dinner Wednesday, the highest-level talks between the two countries on American soil in 18 years. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who met with Kim Yong Chol in NY on Thursday, was also visible in the meeting through a window in images captured by television cameras.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said late on Thursday that the details of Friday's meeting between Kim Yong-chol and Trump in Washington were still being worked out.

There were reports earlier on Wednesday that South Korean officials were noting "quite significant" differences between the United States and North Korea over denuclearization.

The two countries, eying the first summit between the USA and the North after six decades of hostility, have also been holding negotiations in Singapore and the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas.

Kim's letter, presented by Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol, was viewed as an effort to bolster ongoing negotiations and ease tensions after Trump abruptly canceled the summit last week amid escalating threats from Pyongyang. It's the highest-level official North Korean visit to the USA in 18 years.

FILE - South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their summit at the truce village of Panmunjom, North Korea, May 27, 2018.

The usually secretive Kim Jong-un has given a glimpse behind North Korea's political veil by allowing news cameras inside the nation's parliamentary building during his historic meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

He has played a central role in the recent thaw in relations between the North and South Korea, as well as the United States.

It is still not clear whether North Korea's vision of "denuclearisation" in exchange for security guarantees and sanctions relief can be brought into line with Washington's demand for a "complete, verifiable and irreversible" end to its nuclear programme. Vox looks at four possible scenarios, ranging from "small deal and more talks" to the North agreeing to de-nuclearize.

"We had hundreds of new sanctions ready to go", he said, but that they wouldn't be imposed "until the talks break down".

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Thursday that Pompeo told her that the meetings "were great last night, but there is still a lot of work to be done". But a meeting never came to be - and no sitting president has met with a North Korean leader since. Trump was expected to meet with the official in the Oval Office.

Kim is the most senior North Korean visitor to the United States since Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok visited Washington in 2000 to meet President Bill Clinton. I canceled in response to a very tough statement.

The White House emphasized that it has remained in close contact with South Korean and Japanese officials as preparations for the talks continue.

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