Meeting Is Back On Between Trump And Kim Jong-Un In Singapore On June 12.

    Update: and just like that, a little over a week after Trump called off the meeting between North Korea and the US on in Singapore in what we and many others said was merely a negotiating ploy to “put Kim in his place”, moments ago Trump said that the June 12 summit between the two nations is back on. Here are the highlights of Trump’s statement to reporters at the White House

    • TRUMP SAYS WILL BE MEETING JUNE 12 IN SINGAPORE
    • TRUMP: NORTH KOREA SUMMIT TO TAKE PLACE JUNE 12 IN SINGAPORE
    • TRUMP: JUNE 12 MEETING IN SINGAPORE WILL BE `A BEGINNING’
    • TRUMP: NORTH KOREA WANTS TO DEVELOP AS A COUNTRY, WE’LL HELP
    • TRUMP: WE DISCUSSED ENDING WAR STATUS AS PART OF N. KOREA TALK
    • TRUMP: WOULD BE MAKING BIG MISTAKE IF WE DIDN’T HAVE KIM MEET
    • TRUMP SAYS KIM’S LETTER WAS A `VERY NICE LETTER’
    • TRUMP SAYS SANCTIONS DISCUSSED IN N. KOREAN ENVOY MEETING
    • TRUMP: NOTHING WILL BE SIGNED IN KIM MEETING, IT’S A PROCESS
    • TRUMP: I LOOK FORWARD TO DAY WHEN N. KOREA SANCTIONS CAND END
    • TRUMP: `WE DID NOT TALK ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS’ IN N. KOREA MEETING
    • TRUMP SAYS RELATIONSHIP WITH NORTH KOREA AS GOOD AS IT’S BEEN
    • TRUMP: WE DISCUSSED ENDING WAR STATUS AS PART OF N. KOREA TALK
    • TRUMP SAYS BELIEVES TRANSFORMATION OF NORTH KOREA CAN TAKE PLACE WITH KIM AS LEADER: RTRS

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    Earlier: A top envoy from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived at the White House on Friday for a meeting with President Donald Trump – the first visit by such a high ranking official in at least 18 years.

    Former North Korean spy chief Kim Yong Chol was greeted on the south side of the White House by Chief of Staff John Kelly before the pair walked into the White House. Yong Chol was sent to hand deliver a letter from Kim Jong Un during the meeting. 

    The letter from Mr. Kim was described as fairly basic, according to one foreign government official who was briefed on the contents. It expresses the North Korean leader’s interest in meeting without making any significant concessions or threats. The Kim lieutenant delivering the letter, Gen. Kim Yong Chol, who is under U.S. sanctions for his role in cyberattacks against American companies, is expected to remain in the U.S. until Saturday, the official said. –WSJ

    The visit follows two days of meetings in New York between the North Korean envoy and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who made clear that the United States will require North Korea completely denuclearize.

    In comments to reporters Thursday before boarding Air Force One for a trip to meet with families affected by a school shooting earlier this month, President Trump said that talks between US and North Korean diplomats were going “very well.”

    The White House visit comes on the heels of a dramatic turn of events after President Trump abruptly canceled a summit planned for last week, citing anger and hostility from North Korea. 

    The North Korean government immediately responded. In a statement issued by state-run Korean Central News Agency, citing Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea announced it was willing to sit with the U.S. “whenever, however” through any method to try to resolve the outstanding issues.

    Gwan said that whereas President Trump’s announcement to one-sidedly cancel the planned summit is unexpected and very regrettable, “North Korea’s goal and will to do everything for peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and mankind remains unchanged, and we are always willing to give time and opportunity to the US side with a big and open mind,” according to the statement. He added that “We express our intent that there is a willingness to sit at any time, in any way to resolve issues” and noted that President Trump’s decision to cancel the summit is “not what the world wants” and the summit is necessary to resolve the current hostile bilateral relationship.

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