Trump says no new North Korea sanctions

Casey Dawson
June 2, 2018

Trump was meeting in the Oval Office with Kim's envoy, Kim Yong Chol, a former spy chief and now the country's top nuclear negotiator.

The United States president is only slightly more popular than his North Korean counterpart. "The United States continues to actively prepare for President Trump's expected summit with leader Kim in Singapore".

Pompeo had met in New York City with Kim Yong Chol on Thursday, paving the way for Friday's visit to the White House.

The president rescheduled the June 12 get-together with the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, barely a week after scrubbing it on the grounds that Kim's government had shown "open hostility" toward the Trump administration.

North Korea has carried out six nuclear tests and numerous tests of ballistic missiles, all the while maintaining a barrage of belligerent rhetoric against its enemies, particularly the US.

He said the meeting with the senior North Korean official "went really well".

Song Young-moo said: "Just because we have been tricked by North Korea in the past doesn't guarantee that we will be tricked in the future".

The on-off summit looks to be going ahead as planned despite a recent declaration by President Trump that it would not be going ahead.

The Russian PM said: "It is absolutely obvious that, as we start discussions on how to resolve the nuclear problem on the Korean Peninsula, it is understood that the solution can not be comprehensive without the lifting of sanctions".

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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.

When a reporter asked Trump if he has sent anything back, he claimed he hadn't even read the letter.

"It is ultimately going to be a successful process", Trump said immediately after Kim Yong Chol left the White House.

The envoy, Gen Kim Yong-chol, hand-delivered a letter from the North Korean leader to President Trump. "But I see over a period of time", Trump said.

"We have hundreds that are ready to go", he warned.

Mr. Clinton's secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, later visited the North Korean capital, but the negotiating effort eventually collapsed. By the next day, he was signalling the event could be back on after a conciliatory response from North Korea.

"They want it", Trump said Friday.

Trump first accepted Kim's offer for a summit in March, without much consultation. "You people will have to travel, because you're going to Singapore on June 12", he said.

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