Trump meets North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol at White House

Trump meets North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol at White House

Trump meets North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol at White House

When it comes to paying for lodging at North Korea's preferred 5-star luxury hotel, the United States is open to covering the costs, the two people said, but it's mindful that Pyongyang may view a USA payment as insulting. He said of the North Koreans, "I believe they will be coming down to Washington on Friday".

While admitting that dealing with North Korea was "going to be a process", Trump said he believed that process would ultimately be "successful".

"He'd like to see it happen".

In regards to his abrupt cancellation of the summit last week, Trump said "we're over that, we're totally over that".

Yet he also said a news conference that hard work remains including hurdles that may appear to be insurmountable as negotiations progress on the US demand for North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.

Kim Yong Chol, whisked to the Oval Office by White House chief of staff John Kelly, is the most senior North Korean to visit in 18 years, a symbolic sign of easing tensions after fears of war escalated amid North Korean nuclear and missile tests last year.

But the U.S. would need to circumvent its own sanctions against the rogue nation. "And there is a possibility of something like that".

The comments in Singapore came as Trump confirmed the June 12 talks were officially back on after initially cancelling the summit and days of ambiguity on whether it would be reinstated. But he said that "we probably will, and maybe in great detail", during the June 12 summit.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in (not pictured) during their summit at the truce village of Panmunjom, North Korea, in this handout picture released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), on May 27.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seen the Oval Office during a meeting with Kim Yong Chol, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of leader Kim Jong Un's closest aides, at the White House in Washington, Friday, June 1, 2018.

"Chairman Kim Jong Un is looking to make decisive actions", Song said, according to a translation provided by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, which hosts the event. The envoy was the highest level figure from the secretive state to hold talks at the White House since a senior envoy visited former President Bill Clinton in 2000.

He added: "I may be in for a big surprise, folks".

Despite recently envisioning Nobel laurels, Trump worked on Friday to lower expectations for a quick breakthrough. In this way, the video is an unusual admission of the poor state of North Korea's economy and the helplessness of its leadership. "If you fall in love with the deal, and it's too important for you to get it, and the details become less significant", McConnell said, "you could get snookered".

Some analysts suggest the video is part of an effort by North Korea to show its willingness to negotiate its nuclear weapons policy.

USA defense and intelligence officials have repeatedly assessed the North to be on the threshold of having the capability to strike anywhere in the continental US with a nuclear-tipped missile - a capacity that Trump and other US officials have said they would not tolerate.

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