Singapore will bear some costs of Trump-Kim summit: minister


"I think we're over that, totally over that, and now we're going to deal and we're going to really start a process", Trump told reporters Friday afternoon of the escalating rhetoric that led to the cancellation. Kim was at the White House to deliver a letter from the North Korean leader concerning the proposed summit. "I didn't cancel the meeting".

A senior State Department official briefed reporters separately as Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol met late on Wednesday. He is North Korea's former military intelligence chief and is one of the North Korean leader's closest aides.

In a letter to Kim last Thursday cancelling the summit, Trump accused North Korea of "open hostility", but urged Kim to "call me or write" if he had a change of heart.

After a back-and-forth dance with North Korea, President Donald Trump announced on Friday that the June 12 summit is back on. Trump and Pompeo have both promised North Korea a bright and prosperous future should the communist regime agree to abandon nuclear weapons.

Trump then called the bluff by canceling the summit himself in a letter to Kim, to which North Korea responded with conciliatory statements, saying it would meet the U.S. any time.

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

The president said the USA government would not put in place any new sanctions while talks were taking place.

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The on-off summit looks to be going ahead as planned despite a recent declaration by President Trump that it would not be going ahead.

Washington is determined that Kim should agree to what U.S. officials call the "complete, verifiable and irreversible" end of North Korea's nuclear weapons and intercontinental missile programs.

The summit, planned since April, was called off just a week ago by Trump amid a renewed round of heated rhetoric from Pyongyang and concerns over whether North Korea was honest about "denuclearization".

Mr Trump said it was "a very interesting letter and at some point may be appropriate" to share it, although he later revealed he had not read it yet.

Mr Trump said the June 12 meeting would be "a beginning". He delivered a personal letter to President Trump from Kim Jong Un at the White House. "I think we're going to have a positive result in the end". "I told them today, take your time, we can go fast or we can go slowly". He said a number of summits might be required.

"It is an ironic and telling deviation from North Korea's insistence on being treated on an 'equal footing, '" Scott Snyder, a Korea expert at the Council on Foreign Relations, told the paper.