President Trump says June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un back on

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, On Rare Visit To North Korea, Invites Kim To Russia

Gen Kim Yong-chol's visit to Washington came a day after he met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in NY.

This is the third sit-down between Pompeo and Kim. Kim Yong Chol is the highest-ranking North Korean official to visit the United States in almost 20 years. Meanwhile, discussions between USA and North Korean officials continue in Singapore and in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.

Mr. Pompeo began his discussions with Gen. Kim by hosting a dinner on Wednesday night.

"Frankly, I said, 'Take your time, '" Trump said.

"I think you'll have a very positive result in the end - not from one meeting", Mr. Trump said.

North Korea's Kim Yong Chol, centre, leaves a hotel in NY. Immediately afterward, he tweeted that he had had substantive talks on the priorities for the potential summit.

Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee, was allowed into the United States despite being on a USA sanctions list, and North Korean officials are not normally allowed to travel outside the NY area.

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Known as the North Korean leader's right-hand man, Kim Yong-chol is expected to carry a personal letter from Kim amid reports the young leader is committed to denuclearization and a meeting with Trump.

In a joint statement published following a meeting between leftist South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, the two nations agreed that "the worldwide community, including the United States, must actively take part in ensuring a bright future for North Korea through a security guarantee and support for its economic development".

"It's absolutely obvious that when a conversation starts about solving the nuclear problem and other problems of the Korean Peninsula, we proceed from the fact that the decision can't be complete while sanctions are still in place", he said.

Trump hopes to meet Kim in Singapore on June 12 and pressure him to give up his nuclear weapons, although he conceded on Thursday that might require more rounds of direct negotiations.

If the North Korean delegation goes to the White House, it would be the first visit there by high-level officials from there since 2000 when Jo Myong Rok, a marshal, met President Bill Clinton.

North Korea's mission to the United Nations in NY is its sole diplomatic presence in the United States.

Trump cancelled the on-off North Korea summit in late May, blaming the country's "tremendous anger and open hostility".

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After exchanging threats and insults since Trump became president previous year, the United States and North Korea have been trying to set up the summit between their leaders.

But the United States wants denuclearisation first and it is unclear whether Mr Kim will agree to fully abandon his nuclear arsenal.

After North Korean officials delivered a series of bellicose statements last month, Trump announced he was withdrawing from the summit with a strongly worded letter.

USA officials learned of the letter's substance through diplomatic channels in the absence of reading the letter itself, the person said.

Since Trump's abrupt cancellation last week of the historic meeting with Kim, there's been an worldwide scramble to salvage the event - with rapid-fire diplomacy efforts in the US, on the Korean Peninsula and in Singapore, the Southeast Asian city-state hosting the summit.

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The White House emphasised that it has remained in close contact with South Korean and Japanese officials as preparations for the talks continue. Despite Kim's apparent eagerness for a summit with Trump, there are lingering doubts about whether he will fully relinquish his nuclear weapons, which he may see as his only guarantee of survival.

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