Trump says North Korea talks positive, expects Kim letter

Kim Yong Chol touched down in New York City on Wednesday afternoon

They shook hands and began their talks over breakfast.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and high-ranking North Korean official Kim Yong Chol enter a second day of meetings in NY on Thursday as they try to settle nuclear weapons disagreements and set the stage for an historic summit between their leaders.

Trump then called the bluff by canceling the summit himself in a letter to Kim, to which North Korea responded with conciliatory statements, saying it would meet the USA any time.

Trump says his meeting with the most senior North Korean to visit the White House in 18 years lasted longer than expected.

After meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York, Kim delivered a letter to Trump in Washington sent by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

"I look forward to the day I can take the sanctions off North Korea", Trump added.

The former spy chief's current official position is vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Worker's Party of Korea, but he rose to prominence as Pyongyang's chief military negotiator during inter-Korean talks between 2006-08.

Three teams of officials in the US, Singapore, and the Korean demilitarised zone have been meeting this week on preparations for the summit.

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Russian Federation is the latest major nation to reach out to North Korea since Trump accepted Kim's proposal for a summit.

"A letter is going to be delivered to me from Kim Jong Un".

When a journalist asked whether the president could "just give us the flavor of what the letter said", Trump said, "It was a very interesting letter". It was an effort that ultimately failed as Clinton's time in office ran out, and relations turned sour again after George W. Bush took office in early 2001 with a tough policy on the North. "You people will have to travel, because you're going to Singapore on June 12", he said. The two sides do not expect to side any agreement on June 12, he said.

"Now that the leaders of the two countries are engaging in talks in a top-down manner, I think the chances are high that common ground can be found", Cho said.

North Korea's nuclear weapons programme has made significant advances in recent years and poses a threat to the United States.

The North Korean visit to the White House on Friday will be the first since 2000, when President Bill Clinton met senior figure Jo Myong-rok in an unsuccessful attempt to win the reclusive nation's nuclear disarmament.

New Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later added that the USA had struggled to pin down North Korea on the planned logistics of the meeting. Moon later told reporters that the two leaders agreed the summit "must be successfully held". A pair of US delegations have held talks this week with their North Korean counterparts at the Korean demilitarized zone and in Singapore.

Invoking the possibility of a secure and prosperous future, Mr. Pompeo made clear that the United States is looking for the "complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", a formulation to which North Korea has yet to agree.

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