Assad plans to visit North Korea, meet Kim

Assad plans to visit North Korea, meet Kim

North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol talks with President Donald Trump as they walk out of the Oval Office after a meeting at the White House, June 1, 2018 in Washington, D.C. The photo made rounds on social media, where theories abound why Kim would have sent Trump what seemed as a comically oversized letter.

A week after abruptly scrapping the summit with Kim, President Donald Trump announced Friday that the historic talks were back on for June 12 in Singapore. -North Korea meetings in the future, saying, "I think it'll be a process".

"We're not going to go in and sign something on June 12th, and we never were".

"It is an ironic and telling deviation from North Korea's insistence on being treated on an 'equal footing, ' " said Scott Snyder, a Korea expert at Council on Foreign Relations.

Kim Yong-chol, left, vice chairman of the North Korean WorkersĄŻ PartyĄŻs Central Committee, delivered the envelope to Trump in person. When declaring his summit with Kim was back on, Trump appears to accept Pyongyang's approach of a phased denuclearization and stop increasing pressure while talks proceed.

According to the U.S. president, he doesn't want to use the term "maximum pressure" regarding Washington's stance toward North Korea anymore.

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Since taking power in 2011, Kim has not publicly met with another head of state in North Korea.

As a result, American officials planning the summit are trying to work around sanctions that prohibit the USA from picking up the bill, or may ask Singapore to pay for Kim's hospitality at the Fullerton, a neoclassical hotel along the Singapore River, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Washington Post on Friday.

Kim Yong-chol, a four-star general, formerly ran the People's Army's Reconnaissance General Bureau, the main intelligence agency, and is the alleged mastermind of the 2010 torpedoing of the South Korean Cheonan warship, which killed 46 sailors. "Maybe, you'll need to see it and maybe fairly soon", said Trump. "But the relationships are building, and that's a very positive thing", Trump told reporters after taking photographs with Kim Yong-chol and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

South Korea's and Japan's defence ministers, in a conference session on de-escalating the North Korean crisis yesterday, stood on opposite ends of the debate.

"Kim would begin by praising Trump's leadership and his "bold decision" to build up the summit", said Koh, who is also a policy adviser to the South Korean president. "But I see over a period of time", Trump told reporters.

The mundane but diplomatically fraught billing issue is just one of numerous logistical concerns being hammered out between two teams led by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin and Kim's de facto chief of staff, Kim Chang Son, as they strive toward a June 12 meeting.

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