Trump confirms North Korea summit will happen June 12 in Singapore

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Kim Yong Chol, the highest-level North Korean official to visit the United States in 18 years, plans to travel to Washington to convey a personal letter by Kim Jong Un to Trump. Kim had flown in from Beijing and Pompeo from Washington. Meanwhile, discussions between U.S. and North Korean officials continue in Singapore and in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. He also said it was likely that more than one meeting would be necessary.

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

Kim Yong Chol left his hotel in New York City early today for the trip to Washington in a convoy of SUVs. "Steak, corn, and cheese on the menu", Pompeo tweeted.

There were promises of peace and cooperation and even talk of a summit.

This AP photo shows U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arriving at the venue of his dinner with Kim Yong-chol, a vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, in NY on May 30, 2018.

Trump and Kim spent more than an hour in the Oval Office on Friday discussing issues in the run-up to a June 12 summit in Singapore between Trump and Kim Jong Un.

'It is absolutely obvious that, as we start discussions on how to resolve the nuclear problem on the Korean Peninsula, it is understood that the solution can not be comprehensive without the lifting of sanctions, ' Lavrov said in a press conference.

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 global 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".

Though he's accused of the Sony pictures 2014 hack and was sanctioned by the US, Kim Yong Chol was feted at the White House.

Trump cautioned on Thursday that while he hopes a planned summit in Singapore on June 12 between the USA and North Korea is still in the cards, he wants it to be a "meaningful" meeting.

There had been speculation in the South Korean media that Gen. Kim would be carrying a letter for Mr. Trump to respond to the one the president sent to the North Korean leader last week.

Experts agree that a meeting between Kim and Trump would legitimize a pariah nation and grant North Korea a long-term wish.

What the North Koreans want is security, the official said, referencing the regime's long-held belief that nuclear weapons shield the country from a hostile United States.

Former four-star general and chairman of the Institute for the Study of War Jack Keane told Fox News that Trump would not engage in game-playing with his North Korean counterpart over their Singapore summit.

But Trump said some very odd things, in fact, about the letter from Kim during his interaction with the reporters.

Trump and Pompeo posed for several rounds of photos with the North Korean delegation before walking their visitor back his black Chevrolet Suburban at 2:40 pm.

Trump also said he viewed the Pompeo talks as a positive step, and that he "looks forward" to seeing what the letter says. He said the June 12th summit may just be the beginning of talks, and that working towards denuclearization may take more than one conversation or meeting.

While Jo wore a military uniform, Kim Yong Chol was dressed in a dark business suit.

Kim Yong-chol, a vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, arrived at JFK International Airport earlier in the day, becoming the highest-ranking North Korean to visit the USA since 2000.

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