The summit's back on: Trump meets N. Korean at White House

The summit's back on: Trump meets N. Korean at White House

- President Donald Trump says his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is back on for June 12.

President Donald Trump received what he called a "very nice" letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday.

Pence echoed national security adviser John Bolton, who compared Washington's approach to North Korea to the US strategy toward Libya, which forfeited its weapons of mass destruction program in 2003, only to be rocked by a 2011 rebellion backed by the USA -led NATO Western military alliance.

While admitting that dealing with North Korea was "going to be a process", Trump said he believed the effort would ultimately be "successful". He spoke from the South Lawn of the White House after seeing off a senior Kim deputy who spent more than an hour with him in the Oval Office.

"Frankly, I said, 'Take your time, '" Trump said.

Seoul welcomed Trump's meeting with Kim Yong Chol at the White House. He concluded, "I think you're going to have a very positive result in the end".

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

"We will push forward to test the proposition that we can achieve that outcome", he said.

Yet he also said a news conference that hard work remains including hurdles that may appear to be insurmountable as negotiations progress on the USA demand for North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization. "We did discuss that", Trump said.

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After the meeting, Trump posed for photos with Kim Yong Chol outside the Oval Office, and they talked amiably at Kim's black SUV before he was driven away.

Trump told reporters he hadn't read the letter yet and added with a smile, "I may be in for a big surprise, folks".

When asked if he could offer a "flavor of what the letter said", Trump said: "It was a very interesting letter". After Trump received the letter, he announced that the June 12 summit with North Korea was on again in Singapore.

Trump cited increasingly bellicose statements from the North - and ignored messages about summit logistics - when he announced he was backing out of the summit in a strongly worded letter. North Korea's conciliatory response to that letter appears to have put the summit back on track.

Three teams of officials in the U.S., Singapore, and the Korean demilitarized zone have been meeting this week on preparations for the summit.

The video, allegedly shot in April, depicts North Korean leader Kim Jong-un silently overlooking the ocean with 2 streams of tears falling down his face.

It was a extraordinary softening of tone toward North Korea from a president who previous year threatened to rain "fire and fury" on the country because of the threat its nuclear weapons and long-range missiles pose to the United States.

Itsunori Onodera said North Korea agreed to give up nuclear weapons as early as 1994, but has continued to develop them in secret and until a year ago threatened surrounding countries with a series of ballistic missile launches. Despite Kim's apparent eagerness for a summit with Trump, there are many doubts that he would fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as his guarantee of survival.

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