Pompeo Says 'Real Progress' Made Toward Trump-Kim Summit

PYONGYANG NORTH KOREA- MAY 31 2018 North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un during a meeting with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at Kumsusan Palace of the Sun. Valery Sharifulin  TASS

"I think we're going to have a positive result in the end".

"We had hundreds of new sanctions ready to go on", Mr. Trump said. But eight minutes into the conversation, he said, "I haven't seen the letter yet", the president said.

Trump said the letter from Kim Jong Un presaged a relationship that would begin on June 12. He arrived in the USA to deliver a letter from Kim Jong-un to Trump.

"We will see what happens". He also softened his tone, saying, "I don't want to use the term maximum pressure anymore".

Now that President Trump has declared the meeting back on, after canceling it last week, it's a question that may need to be answered swiftly. The resort's relative seclusion appealed to security-conscious U.S. and North Korean officials.

Asked about the North's willingness to abandon their nuclear weapons program, Trump said Pyongyang was open to the idea.

That's the city that hosted the inter-Korean industry park until it got shut down over North Korea's nuclear missile tests in 2016. In this way, the video is an unusual admission of the poor state of North Korea's economy and the helplessness of its leadership.

Mr. Kelly then escorted the North Korean delegation along the Rose Garden colonnade to the Oval Office, where they met with Mr. Trump, Mr. Pompeo and others. "It doesn't mean it gets all done at one meeting".

Wall Street took news of the summit's revival in stride.

It would be the first time the North Korean leader would be meeting the leader of a foreign country in a summit in Pyongyang. There could be a similar folder inside Trump's envelope, Koh said.

Trump abruptly called off the summit on May 24 after North Korea sharply criticised US Vice President Mike Pence and Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton. "We're over that, totally over that".

But a particularly awkward logistical issue remains unresolved, according to two people familiar with the talks.

He snubbed France, Germany and Britain by pulling out of a nuclear agreement with Iran and upset the Europeans, as well as neighbors Canada and Mexico, with protectionist trade policies.

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. He is vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee.

The Washington Post reports that paying for North Korea's accommodation during the June 12 summit would conflict with US Treasury Department sanctions and require a waiver to be signed to temporarily bypass them.

The United States previously blacklisted Mr Kim, who once served as a bodyguard to the current leader's father Kim Jong-il, from coming to the United States because of his role in North Korea's military establishment. After spending months trading insults and war threats with him, has Kim learned that the way to influence Mr. Trump is to appeal to his ego - something South Korean President Moon Jae-in seemed to try in April when he openly vouched for Mr. Trump as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize?

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