Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Donald Trump to meet Kim Jong Un on June 12

Donald Trump to meet Kim Jong Un on June 12

Kim Yong Chol is the highest ranking North Korean official to visit the United States in almost two decades.

During his unusual visit, Kim had dinner for about an hour and a half with Pompeo. There's a very good chance that it won't be done in one meeting or two meetings or three meetings.

"Remember what I say, we will see what we will see", he said.

At 2:35 pm, Trump and Pompeo personally escorted Kim Yong Chol outside for a lingering goodbye of handshakes, arm pats and extended conversation. "Steak, corn, and cheese on the menu".

Mr. Trump also revealed that he told North Korean vice chairman Kim Yong-chol that the USA will hold off on imposing more economic sanctions against Pyongyang while they are working towards a denuclearization agreement.

"The process will begin on June 12 in Singapore", said the United States president.

General Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the central committee of the Workers' Party and right-hand man to Kim, is also in NY, officials said. "We expect it to take place", she said. The development comes a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "real progress" had been made in discussions to revive the potential June 12 summit.

He made the announcement on Friday afternoon, following a meeting with top Noth Korean dignitary Kim Yong-chol in the White House - the first visit to Washington by a key official from the isolated country in at least 18 years. The agency quoted Kim as saying that the North's willingness for the "denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula still remains unchanged" but also that the process should be "stage-by-stage basis by founding a solution to meet the interests of each other". Trump views a summit as a legacy-defining opportunity to make the nuclear deal, but he has left the world guessing since cancelling the meeting last week in an open letter to Kim that complained of the North's "tremendous anger and open hostility".

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North Korea and the United States are still technically at war and have no diplomatic ties because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

In New York, Kim Yong-chol and Pompeo are expected to push for a deal that will satisfy US demands for complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization (CVID) and North Korean demands for CVIG, where G stands for security guarantees for the regime.

"I'm still convinced that if he's in this process, even if the summit is ongoing and we're moving out, if this thing isn't heading towards the obvious objective he'll pull out". The North Korean delegation is heading to Washington D.C., where they will deliver a letter to President Trump from Kim.

Mr Trump told reporters he hadn't yet read the letter from Mr Kim and added with a smile, "I may be in for a big surprise, folks". "Japan does, South Korea does, and I think China does", Trump concluded.

After trading threats of war past year, the two men agreed to meet for an historic summit on June 12.

Kim Yong Chol is a vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee.

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 US since 2000.

The White House emphasized that it has remained in close contact with South Korean and Japanese officials as preparations for the talks continue.

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