Trump confirms June 12 meeting with Kim in Singapore

US President Donald Trump walks with North Korean Kim Yong Chol (left) outside the White House on June 1, 2018 in Washington,DC after a meeting, as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (right) looks on. (AFP)

US President Donald Trump confirmed on Friday that his summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un would go ahead as originally planned on June 12 in Singapore, after unprecedented Oval Office talks with a top envoy from Pyongyang.

While admitting that dealing with North Korea was “going to be a process,” Trump said he believed that process would ultimately be “successful.”

Trump emerged after a more than hour-long Oval Office meeting with Kim Yong Chol -- a general facing US sanctions who is Kim’s right-hand.

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Trump said the letter from Kim, hand-delivered by Kim Yong Chol, was “very nice” and “very interesting” -- but then said he had not opened it yet.   

Warm words for Pyongyang 

Nevertheless, the US president had warm words for Pyongyang, saying the long discussions had touched on North Korea’s denuclearization and economic development.

Trump indicated that the campaign of “maximum pressure” was at least on hold, vowing no new sanctions while talks are ongoing.

“The relationships are building and that’s very positive,” he said.

In a move that is sure to worry US allies in Japan and South Korea, Trump also said that he and his guest had discussed US troop numbers on the Korean peninsula.

“We talked about almost everything. We talked about a lot. And we talked about sanctions,” he said.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57