The U.S. might pay for Kim Jong Un's hotel during summit

Valeriy Sharifulin  TASS

Valeriy Sharifulin TASS

The historic meeting between Mr Trump and Kim Jong-un would be the first between sitting USA and North Korean leaders.

President of Syria Bashar Al-Assad intends to travel to North Korean and meet with DPRK leader Kim Jong Un, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Sunday.

Kim Yong-Chol's meeting with the U.S. President occurred after an extensive meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The envoy, General Kim Yong-chol, hand-delivered a letter from the North Korean leader to President Trump.

Kim is the highest-ranking North Korean official to visit the U.S. in 18 years. It's the highest-level meeting between a USA president and a North Korean official since 2000.

"We can anticipate, at best, a bumpy road to the (negotiations)", Mattis said before the start of a meeting with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts on the sidelines of Shangri-la dialogue in Singapore."We will continue to implement all U.N Security Council resolutions on North Korea". "I told them today, take your time, we can go fast, we can go slowly". The conference is set to deliberate on whether the June 12 meeting that has been cancelled by President Trump can be reinstated.

The president teased reporters about the contents of the letter, saying, "That letter was a very nice letter".

South Korea says building trust with North Korea is crucial amid a US-led diplomatic push to persuade the North to give up its nuclear weapons.

In a report published on Friday, The Washington Post said United States officials were apparently looking for answers to that question, shedding new light on the practical and diplomatic implications of planning what will be a first-ever meeting for the two leaders. "I haven't opened it", he said.

"We're not going to go in and sign something on June 12th, and we never were". Both regimes have been the target of global isolation - Pyongyang over its banned nuclear programme and Damascus for atrocities committed during the seven-year civil war. "Maybe, you'll need to see it and maybe fairly soon", said Trump.

Trump sought to play down expectations of a quick breakthrough at the upcoming meeting in Singapore, saying that a resolution of the decades-long dispute over North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs could require multiple sessions. "The people of #NorthKorea can have a brighter future and the world can be more peaceful".

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