President Donald Trump said Thursday he expects a letter from Kim Jong Un confirming plans for their historic nuclear summit, as their top envoys thrashed out details at NY talks.
The Trump administration has pressed for the North to rapidly takes steps to turn over its nuclear program, while Pyongyang has said it expects a slower, step-by-step process in which the North receives reciprocal benefits, including economic incentives.
PresidentDonald Trump said Thursday the talks were going well and that North Korean officials may come to Washington on Friday.
Eight days after cancelling the summit, Trump met Kim Yong-chol, the right-hand man of the North Korean leader, and held discussions for one and a half hours before announcing that the summit would go ahead on its original date.
Kim's arrival in Washington in a small caravan of SUV's from NY came a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that he was confident negotiations with Pyongyang were "moving in the right direction". "I haven't opened it", he said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said earlier they were expected to discuss "vital issues of bilateral relations and key global and regional issues".
Analysts say that depends on whether still- formidable hurdles can be overcome.
It's the highest-level official North Korean visit to the United States in 18 years.
Trump indicated that the campaign of "maximum pressure" was at least on hold, vowing no new sanctions while talks are ongoing.
As for what this giant letter contained, well, we don't know just yet.
"I am going to visit the DPRK and meet HE Kim Jong-un", Assad was quoted as saying, using an acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
"Good working dinner with Kim Yong Chol in NY tonight", Pompeo tweeted.
Kim has rejected previous United States calls for North Korea's unilateral nuclear disarmament and argued instead for a "phased" approach to denuclearization of the entire Korean peninsula. There were also widespread reports that North Korea helped Syria build a nuclear plant that was destroyed by Israeli bombing in 2007. As Pompeo and Kim Yong-Chol are meeting in the U.S., other American officials are meeting in Singapore with representatives from the North Korean government.
Emerging from a historic and rare 90-minute-plus Oval Office meeting with a top North Korean official, Mr. Trump told reporters that the summit is back on, after he canceled it last week.
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State media agency KCNA published an enthusiastic article in English praising the talks as a historic break from the past. Pyongyang in return "commits to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula ", the document says.
President Barack Obama's landmark 2015 nuclear accord with Iran over the objections of European allies and other nations. Putin's remarks follow a report that White House officials were working toward setting up a meeting.
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