Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump Says June 12 North Korea Summit is Back On

Trump Says June 12 North Korea Summit is Back On

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday it may take more than one meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to seal a denuclearization deal and that he would like Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear weapons program as quickly as possible under any agreement.

President Trump announced Friday that his on-again-off-again meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is once again on. I don't say and I've never said it happens in one meeting. He said it "went very well".

Russian Federation has appeared to be on the fringes of a flurry of diplomacy as Pyongyang and Washington edge towards talks aimed at ending years of tension over North Korea's nuclear programme.

So basically, they don't know. "I have no doubt".

"South Korea will do that", Trump told a reporter who asked if the two sides discussed American economic nation-building in the country.

"Well, this was a very good meeting".

Despite the upbeat messaging in the United States, Kim Jong Un, in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister on Thursday, complained about the US trying to spread its influence in the region, a comment that may complicate the summit plans.

"We'll be meeting in June 12 in Singapore", Trump said, after Kim Yong Chol drove away.

Trump also said he viewed the Pompeo talks as a positive step, and that he "looks forward" to seeing what the letter says. "I didn't cancel the meeting".

But the U.S. leader warned that he did not expect to immediately sign a deal to bring a halt to the North's nuclear programme.

"I haven't seen the letter yet", he said answering another question at the same press conference. USA officials had previously insisted that the North Koreans would have to be ready to surrender their nuclear arsenal at the meeting. I think China - I think, frankly, China will help out.

The president's points indicated relations were apparently thawing between the US and Kim's regime, and a reporter asked whether Trump was continuing with his stated tactic of "maximum pressure".

"It means missiles", Trump said. "I don't even want to use the term maximum pressure anymore".

"Come to Russia, we'll be very happy to see you", Lavrov told Kim in remarks released by the Russian foreign ministry.

Trump even backed away from the words "maximum pressure" that his administration had used to describe its approach to North Korea, combining the toughest-ever US and global economic sanctions with diplomatic actions and the Republican president's military threats and preparations.

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