Trump confirms June 12 meeting with Kim in Singapore


"Good meeting today. I think it's a great start", Trump said after conferring for about 90 minutes with Kim Yong Chol, who became the first North Korean official to visit the White House in 18 years and who the U.S. president called "the second most powerful man in North Korea".

Since the start of the year, Mr Kim has launched a round of diplomatic meetings with leaders in China and South Korea, and is due to hold a summit with Donald Trump on 12 June in Singapore.

Is the end of the Korean War after 70 years realistic?

North Korea's immediate neighbours took the news of the confirmed summit differently.

The president made the announcement after meeting with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol for over an hour on Friday, June 1, at the oval office in the White House. While trying to communicate its willingness to embrace Western diplomatic norms, Pyongyang has put in painstaking efforts to maintain reciprocity with Washington and Seoul, said Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul.

"You're talking about 70 years".

"Obviously if the diplomats can do their work, if we can reduce the threat, if we can restore confidence-building measures with something verifiable, then, of course, these kinds of issues can come up subsequently between two sovereign states (South Korea and the US)", said the Pentagon chief.

In particular, he wants a formal end to the Korean conflict and is likely to seek global recognition and guarantees against any strike by the United States forces stationed across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in South Korea.

Therefore, it needs consent from Beijing.

Naturally, Twitter users began speculating that the size of the envelope was meant to send a message about the allegedly diminutive size of the president's hands.

More than 100,000 Chinese were killed in the conflict, including Mao's son, and the two Communist allies often say their alliance was "forged in blood". Kim Jong Un will be very prepared. The Trump administration hopes the Singapore summit will bring clear pledges from Kim to being rolling back the country's nuclear program.

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Moon has been pushing for a trilateral meeting.

Singapore has said it is willing to pick up some of the bill for North Korea as the leaders are set to meet in the wealthy nation in the coming weeks.

Pompeo was in the room as Trump and Kim Yong Chol met.

Richardson that with the summit plans back on, "The danger now is that this will be a huge photo-op".

Despite Trump's ongoing and freakish behavior when it comes to diplomacy with North Korea, anti-war voices and experts on the Korean peninsula voiced support for the announcement that the talks appeared to be back on track.

When it comes to paying for lodging at North Korea's preferred 5-star luxury hotel, the United States is open to covering the costs, the two people said, but it's mindful that Pyongyang may view a US payment as insulting.

"If Beijing wants to be involved in the process, we don't have to prevent them from doing so". They want to develop as a country.

"I think it's probably going to be a very successful, ultimately a successful process", the USA president told reporters on the White House lawn.

He also said the USA could withdraw its troops in South Korea if the upcoming talks go well, but it will not be "on the table nor should it be" at the Singapore summit.

Kim delivered a letter to Trump Friday from Kim Jong-Un, reportedly confirming his commitment to nuclear talks. Contents of the letter have not been released.

Kim Yong Chol's trip to Washington was clearly a response to U.S.