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

Mike Pompeo before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just after President Donald Trump canceled the June 12 summit with North Koreas Kim Jong Un

Mike Pompeo before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just after President Donald Trump canceled the June 12 summit with North Koreas Kim Jong Un

Billing it as an exercise in transparency, North Korean officials invited global journalists to witness the detonation of their underground nuclear test tunnels at Punggye-ri - but intelligence has increasingly shown that the public spectacle may have amounted to little more than a show, according to U.S. intelligence and worldwide arms control officials.

President Donald Trump said Friday he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore, a summit he previously canceled in a letter.

His travel restrictions were lifted this week so he could fly to NY and Washington, DC to meet U.S. officials, the Department of State said. It was not clear whether the U.S. president would receive Kim Jong-un's envoy in the Oval Office. "Steak, corn, and cheese on the menu", Pompeo tweeted.

They were spotted by reporters walking along the Colonnade toward the West Wing, where the group escorted Kim into the Oval Office.

Kim, the former military intelligence chief and one of the North Korean leader's closest aides, landed midafternoon Wednesday on an Air China flight from Beijing.

But Trump, who relishes the pomp and circumstance of the presidency, may not be so amenable to Moon third-wheeling it in Singapore during his meeting with Kim.

'Mike (Pompeo, Secretary of State) has spent two days doing this, we've gotten to know their people very well.

"I believe they are contemplating a path forward". "It's hard to envision a scenario, in which Kim Jong-un would be satisfied with any security guarantees that the United States might offer in exchange for giving up nuclear weapons", he said. "It is very important to them". "I think it'll be a process".

"They'd like to see something happen - and if we can work that out, that would be good".

Top North Korean official headed for NY
A White House logistical group was also sent to Singapore on Sunday to prepare in case the summit takes place. Kim Yong Chol is a vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee.

Kim Jong Un's right-hand man met Friday with US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office - talks that should include the delivery of a letter from the North Korean leader about their upcoming summit.

However, Trump on Thursday conceded for the first time that the negotiations with Pyongyang might require more than one summit.

According to the report, this agreement was reached after the May 31 talks between Kim Jong-un and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Pyongyang.

"I think it's probably going to be a very successful, ultimately a successful process", he told reporters.

In a joint statement published following a meeting between leftist South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, the two nations agreed that "the worldwide community, including the United States, must actively take part in ensuring a bright future for North Korea through a security guarantee and support for its economic development". But there are lingering doubts on whether he will ever fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as his only guarantee of survival in a region surrounded by enemies.

The decision to have the meeting puts a number of Republican lawmakers in an awkward position, as many praised Trump for canceling the talks.

"My letter was a response to their letter", he said.

The last official of his stature to visit the United States was Jo Myong Rok, the late first vice chairman of the National Defence Commission, who visited Washington in 2000, South Korea's Unification Ministry said. Trump himself had not read it as of Thursday, and the White House described the envelope as sealed. Relations turned sour again after George W Bush took office in early 2001 with a tough policy on the North.

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