The summit's back on: Trump meets N. Korean at White House


In 2014, when former U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Jr. visited North Korea to retrieve two prisoners, his North Korean hosts served him an "elaborate 12-course Korean meal", the veteran intelligence official said, but then insisted that he pay for it.

He says, "The process will begin on June 12 in Singapore".

"That letter was a very nice letter", Trump said at a White House news conference.

"We have seen history repeat, where North Korea would declare to denuclearise, thereby portraying itself as conciliatory and forthcoming, only to turn around to void all global efforts towards peace". The US has "hundreds of new sanctions that are ready to go" but isn't going to implement them while talks are ongoing.

Kim Yong Chol 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 and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Song Young-moo said: "Just because we have been tricked by North Korea in the past doesn't guarantee that we will be tricked in the future". But he said he would not remove current sanctions until the North took steps to denuclearize.

The president said it was likely that more than a single meeting would be necessary to bring about his goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

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After exchanging threats and insults since Trump became president a year ago, the United States and North Korea have been trying to set up the summit between their leaders.

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, and North Korean officials are not normally allowed to travel outside the NY area.

Kim Yong Chol left his hotel in New York City early Friday for the trip to Washington in a convoy of SUVs.

Kim Yong Chol, whisked to the Oval Office by White House chief of staff John Kelly, is the most senior North Korean to visit in 18 years, a symbolic sign of easing tensions after fears of war escalated amid North Korean nuclear and missile tests last year.

Kim Jong Un, however, has indicated he may indeed be willing to end his nuclear program and has already demolished his only known nuclear testing site last week as a gesture that he sought peace with the U.S. That same day, however, Trump canceled the talks after North Korea issued a fiery statement criticizing Vice President Mike Pence for threatening Kim Jong Un's life.

On Thursday, Kim Jong Un told Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that his commitment to denuclearization remains "unchanged and consistent and fixed", but experts warn he will seek concessions from Washington. North Korea's conciliatory response to that letter appears to have put the summit back on track. "I purposely didn't open the letter", Trump said. "I said, 'Would you want me to open it?' He said, 'You can read it later.' I may be in for a big surprise".

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