Trump says talks with North Korea going 'very well'

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is under fire on a number of fronts

On a visit to Pyongyang on Thursday - where he met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho - Lavrov called for the phased lifting of sanctions on North Korea, indicating Pyongyang would not give up its nuclear weapons until that happens.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the country's foreign minister ahead of a planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim next month.

Kim Yong-chol, the former military intelligence chief and one of the North Korean leader's closest aides, landed mid-afternoon on an Air China flight from Beijing.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo concluded the talks with North Korean general Kim Yong Chol with a toast of Islay Scotch and a lavish dinner of steak, corn and cheese confirming the saying that the way to man's heart is through his stomach.

"We welcome the contacts that have been developing in the recent months between North and South Korea, between North Korea and the United States", Lavrov said in comments to the media.

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The top USA diplomat and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's right-hand man broke bread - and a few more things besides - at a luxury building complex on New York's East Side on Wednesday evening.

"We are talking about a brighter future for North Korea, if it makes a smart choice", the State Department official said.

The adviser, Dr Siegfried Hecker, a former director of the Los Alamos weapons laboratory in New Mexico and now a Stanford professor, argues that the best the United States can hope for is a phased denuclearisation that goes after the most risky parts of the North's programme first.

North Korea defends its nuclear and missile programs as a deterrent against what it sees as USA ambitions to overthrow its leadership and unite the Korean Peninsula.

Trump has sworn not to allow North Korea to develop nuclear missiles that could hit the United States and wants North Korea to "denuclearize", or get rid of its nuclear arms.

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North Korean sources previously told RFA's Korean Service that citizens have been largely unmoved by, if not mistrustful of, state propaganda heralding Kim's diplomatic achievements in the nuclear-armed, sanctions-hit state.

Mr. Trump said he was hopeful that his meeting with Mr. Kim could still take place on June 12 in Singapore, adding that resumed talks have gone very well and that the negotiations "are in good hands".

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon meets European Union envoys in Seoul, May 30, 2018, to brief them on South Korea's summits with North Korea and the prospects of a U.S. "It is the first step toward building political trust between North Korea and the U.S.".

"I highly value the fact that Putin's administration strictly opposes the US' dominance", Kim said, according to Russia's state-run Tass agency.

He added: "One major difference is that the current process is a top-down process where Trump himself personally makes the decision "we will do the summit", "we will not do the summit"; and that kind of process may deliver extremely significant outcomes, but at the same time I think that there is a high risk that it would also lead to disastrous outcomes". "We welcome the summits that already took place between Pyongyang and Seoul as well as planned meetings between North Korean and USA leadership".

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It is not clear why Kim traveled to NY rather than Washington DC, but North Korea lacks diplomatic relations with the U.S., so it has no embassy in Washington. But the authors of the study say time is also needed to assuage North Korea's security concerns.

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