Trump Says June 12 Meeting With Kim Jong-un Is Back On

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"I'd like to see it done in one meeting", Trump said in an interview on Air Force One.

He added that he spoke with the North Korean envoy about sanctions on the reclusive regime.

Trump previously cancelled the summit scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, but both sides have since made fresh efforts to hold it as planned.

After exchanging threats and insults since Mr Trump became President previous year, the United States and North Korea have been trying to set up a summit - originally planned for Singapore on June 12 - between their leaders, at which Mr Trump wants to pressure Pyongyang into giving up its nuclear weapons.

It's the highest-level official North Korean visit to the United States in 18 years. I never said that it will happen in one meeting.

The summit was first canceled by Trump on May 24 after North Korea's foreign secretary branded US Vice President Mike Pence 'stupid'.

Cho Myoung Gyon, the South Korean unification minister, warned this week that "significant" differences remain between the USA and North Korea on how to achieve denuclearization.

The Trump administration needed to issue a waiver for Gen. Kim to travel to NY, after the Obama administration in 2010 placed sanctions on him in his role as head of North Korea's premier intelligence agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau.

"Our secretary of state is having very good meetings", Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews before departing on a trip to Texas.

Three teams of officials in the US, Singapore, and the Korean demilitarised zone have been meeting this week on preparations for the summit.

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Trump made the announcement on Friday after welcoming Kim Jong-un's right-hand man, Kim Yong-chol, to the White House to talk about Washington's demands of de-nuclearisation in the Korean peninsula.

Trump wrote in his letter last week that the talks would be "inappropriate" following the "hostility" from North Korea.

After the meeting, Trump and Kim Yong Chol posed for photos on the White House lawn.

President Trump on Friday said the June 12th summit in Singapore with North Korea is back on, after meeting with top North Korean official Kim Yong Chol for more than an hour in the Oval Office. With just two weeks left before that date, a later date may also have to be considered. I believe they will be coming down to Washington on Friday (Saturday NZT).

"They'll have to choose a path that is fundamentally different than the one that their country has proceeded on for decades. This will obviously be their decision", he said.

But he has had two summit meetings in recent weeks with South Korea and made two visits to China as part of a campaign of diplomatic outreach aimed at easing Pyongyang's isolation and USA -led global sanctions. Make no mistake about it. "But oftentimes that's not the way deals work", Trump said. The president told reporters he had not yet opened the letter from the North Korea leader, though roughly 10 minutes before he said that he'd suggested he had in fact read the letter. He was granted special permission to travel outside the NY area in order to meet with the president.

Kim Yong Chol is the highest ranking North Korean official to visit the United States in almost two decades.

Kim Yong Chol is a vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee. We did discuss that, the ending of the Korean War. CNN cited unnamed officials who said that they understood that the nature of the letter to be positive.

North Korea is estimated to have more than a dozen nuclear weapons. Trump's main goal in any talks is to eliminate that threat.

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