Trump says no new North Korea sanctions

Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

President Donald Trump said Friday that his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is back on for next month in Singapore, telling reporters that "the relationships are building - and that's very positive". On both of his trips to Pyongyang, Pompeo held talks with the North Korean leader.

North Korea has rejected previous USA calls for its unilateral nuclear disarmament and argued instead for a "phased" approach to denuclearization of the entire Korean peninsula, which in the past has also meant removal of the US nuclear umbrella protecting South Korea and Japan.

Afterwards, Trump and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walked the North's small delegation to their waiting cars, smiling and shaking hands in front of the media before the motorcade pulled away.

Later, he said that he had not read it yet: "I may be in for a big surprise, folks".

He also said the issue of human rights was not discussed.

After the 80-minute meeting, Trump told reporters that the summit he canceled a week ago would be happening June 12 in Singapore as originally scheduled.

At various points in his remarks to reporters, Trump emphasized that Friday's meeting was meant only to deliver the letter but ended up lasting as long as it did because they discussed "almost everything". "It's really a get-to-know-you situation".

"As we move to adjust to the political situation in the face of USA hegemonism, I am willing to exchange detailed and in-depth opinions with your leadership and hope to do so moving forward", Kim told Lavrov.

Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling party executive and a veteran regime insider, arrived for his Oval Office encounter accompanied by the senior U.S. officials who have overseen an extraordinary diplomatic opening.

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"But if President Trump insisting that June 12 could still work, then everybody is going to scramble and trying to make it happen", she said.

Trump made the announcement after receiving a visit from one of Kim's top aides, Kim Yong Chol, who delivered a letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump in the Oval Office, reports CNN.

Mr Pompeo described their talks about denuclearisation "substantive".

Pompeo, Trump's former Central Intelligence Agency chief, has travelled to Pyongyang twice in recent weeks for meetings with Kim Jong Un.

"At the same time as working to achieve the goal of denuclearization, we should also build long-term and effective initiatives to keep peace on the Korean peninsula", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in Beijing.

The letter itself is an old-fashioned gesture.

Plans for the high-stakes sit-down in Singapore had been cast into doubt. We are very far away.

It claims to have developed a nuclear weapon small enough to be carried by a long-range missile, although this remains unverified.

North Korea has bridled at the idea, and it's not at all clear the two sides will be able to bridge their differences enough for a meeting between Trump and Kim to be deemed a success.

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