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Trump and aides: We're meeting to re-schedule Kim Jong Un summit

01 June 2018

The April 27 inter-Korean summit, which produced a vague declaration to work toward denuclearization and a peace treaty for the Korean Peninsula, was meant to serve as a springboard for talks between USA and North Korean leaders.

Since then, Trump has voiced optimism that the face-to-face could still take place.

Kim Yong Chol coordinated the North Korean president's two meetings with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in April and May. Solid response to my letter, thank you!' Trump wrote in a tweet. Wow, we haven't given up anything & they have agreed to denuclearization (so great for World), site closure, & no more testing!

Russian Federation was a member of six-nation talks held between 2003-8 aimed at persuading the North to scrap its nuclear programme. "It's also an implicit acknowledgment that running this negotiation out of the Oval Office has not worked, and that lower-level officials are needed to work out the details before a summit can take place".

U.S. officials said the North Korea delegation would come to Washington to meet Trump and deliver the message on Friday, one week after Trump had abruptly called off preparations for the planned June 12 summit in a sharply-worded letter of his own.

But it's widely believed that their meeting is for the final coordination of the agenda for the Pyongyang-Washington summit - how North Korea will denuclearize. and how the USA will guarantee the Kim Jong-un regime's security.

During his unusual visit, Kim Yong Chol had dinner for about an hour-and-a-half with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who traveled from Washington to see him. He used the restricted VIP entrance, according to AFP journalists.

After the North's combative statements, there was debate inside the Trump administration about whether it marked a real turn to belligerence or a feint to see how far Kim could push the the leadup to the talks.

"We're still finalising exactly what these meetings will look like", she said.

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He has since stood on South Korean soil for a second time, crossing the border with Kim Jong-un as part of the Inter-Korean Summit delegation.

But she stopped short of saying the meeting had been reinstated after Trump canceled it last week in a letter to Kim, citing "open hostility" in North Korean statements. According to Mr. Moon, the North Korean leader said he's willing to cooperate to end confrontation and work toward peace for the sake of a successful North Korea-U.S. summit.

"They plan to have additional meetings this week", Sanders said. "We two leaders agreed the June 12 North Korea-U.S. summit must be successfully held", he said.

The general has played a front-seat role during recent rounds of diplomacy aimed at ending the nuclear stalemate on the Korean peninsula. The meeting, if it happens, would mark the first time a sitting USA president meets with a North Korean leader. He was linked by U.S intelligence to a cyber attack on Sony Pictures in 2014.

Kim Yong Chol, the highest-level North Korean official to travel to the US since 2000, was flying to NY on Wednesday. The vice chairman will be the most senior North Korean official to visit the USA for diplomatic talks in 18 years.

An AFP photographer saw Kim Chang Son, Kim Jong Un's de facto chief of staff, in Singapore Tuesday for preparatory discussions there.

The key task is to settle the agenda.

The North has previously used the term "denuclearization" to demand the United States pull out its 28,500 troops in South Korea and withdraw its so-called "nuclear umbrella" security commitment to South Korea and Japan.

The United States has been pushing for "complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement" - a high bar that would require North Korea to relinquish its entire nuclear program and allow verification by global inspectors. "What Kim is unclear about is that he has concerns about whether his country can surely trust the United States over its promise to end hostile relations (with North Korea) and provide a security guarantee if they do denuclearization", Moon said.

Trump and aides: We're meeting to re-schedule Kim Jong Un summit