Meeting with Kim Jong-un to take place on June 12

Highest-level official North Korean visit to US in 18 years offers hope for summit

Highest-level official North Korean visit to US in 18 years offers hope for summit

The veteran Russian envoy passed on greetings from President Vladimir Putin to Kim and invited him to visit Russia, the Russian foreign ministry said. "And I'm going to be very happy when the day arrives when we can take sanctions off, and have a very good relationship with the entire Korean Peninsula", Trump said. North Korea and the U.S. are still technically at war and have no diplomatic ties because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. Their talks will be aimed at determining whether a meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un, originally scheduled for June 12 but later cancelled by Trump, can be restored, USA officials have said.

Trump told Reuters he was still hoping for an unprecedented meeting with Kim to push for North Korean "denuclearization", although he conceded it might require more time to reach that goal.

Pompeo said he believes North Korea is contemplating a new strategic path forward, but he cautioned that the country would "have to choose a path that is fundamentally different" to achieve security - meaning complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization.

North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol shakes hands with President Donald Trump as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on after a meeting at the White House June 1, 2018. He said it "went very well".

"As long as that is part of the discussion, we're going to continue to shoot for the June 12th and expect to do that".

Kim Yong Chol - the most senior official from Pyongyang to visit the United States in 18 years - is expected to head to Washington to present an eagerly expectant Trump with a letter from his young leader.

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"Moscow wants to be in the loop concerning the latest developments, especially with respect to the likely summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un", Lukin said. And North Korean officials are not normally allowed to travel outside the NY area.

Pompeo spoke after meeting with Kim Yong Chol for a little more than two hours at the residence of the deputy US ambassador to the United Nations.

The United States previously blacklisted Mr Kim, who once served as a bodyguard to the current leader's father Kim Jong-il, from coming to the United States because of his role in North Korea's military establishment.

Pompeo spoke after meeting with Kim Yong-chol for a little more than two hours at the residence of the deputy US ambassador to the United Nations.

The two men represent a handful of nations, which include the US, China and South Korea, at the centre of a delicate standoff between potential nuclear war and potential peace.

He was greeted at the White House by chief of staff John Kelly and then whisked into the Oval Office. A letter being delivered to me from Kim Jong Un.

The letter comes as the two countries work to revive a Trump-Kim summit on June 12 in Singapore.

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

The sides agreed to invigorate high-level visits, exchange and cooperation in different fields and hold a meeting between the top leaders of the DPRK and Russian Federation this year marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, KCNA said.

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