President Donald Trump said on Thursday that meetings with a delegation from North Korea in New York have gone very well and that he expects the delegation to travel to Washington on Friday to deliver a letter from Kim Jong Un.
Trump also raised the possibility that he will take more than one meeting with the North Koreans to discuss denuclearization. The meetings so far, he said, “have been very positive,” but he added, “It does not mean that everything is done in a meeting, maybe you have to have a second or third, and maybe we do not have any.”
In separate comments, Trump told Reuters he would like those meetings to be held as quickly as possible.
The president also told the news that the North Korean denuclearization would cover the country’s missiles and weapons and that he will be pleased when he can lift sanctions against the country.
Trump spoke as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and North Korean high official Kim Yong Chol met in New York to continue discussions on the possible summit, a meeting that ended two hours earlier than anticipated.
Later, Pompeo tweeted that he had “substantive talks with the team from #NorthKorea. We discussed our priorities for the potential summit between our leaders.”
A familiar source with the visit of Kim Young Chol says that the former spy chief of North Korea will meet with Trump in Washington on Friday to deliver a letter from Kim Jong Un.
It is believed that Kim Young Chol, former head of the North Korean Recognition Office, espionage and special operations organization, was involved in a torpedo attack that sank the South Korean warship Cheonan in 2010, killing 46 South Korean sailors. Because it is under US sanctions. UU For that attack, Chol will receive an exemption from the US government. UU To allow you to travel beyond the 25-mile radius of New York City, and the United Nations to visit Trump.
A senior State Department official added that “the meetings went well. They made progress,” and attributed the early end to the fact that the talks were successful.
Pompeo and Kim had also met on Wednesday night for a 90-minute dinner.
Earlier Thursday, Trump had said he was not sure if an agreement to close the June 12 summit with the North Korean leader was taking shape but told reporters that the negotiations “are in good hands,” when he boarded Air Force One. On Thursday morning for Houston.
State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert said on Thursday that Pompeo told her that the meetings “were great last night, but there is still a lot of work to be done.”
The summit, which was annulled by Trump after North Korean officials sharply criticized Vice President Mike Pence, is once again a possibility with preparatory meetings taking place in the demilitarized zone marking the border of North Korea, South Korea and Singapore. NY.
Pompeo and Kim are trying to reach agreement on the content of the summit talks and what else needs to be done to make the potentially historic meeting happen, according to a senior State Department official.
Pompeo makes it clear that North Korea “should do things it did not do before,” the official said and should show the administration at these meetings what they are willing to do before the summit can take place.
“We are looking for something historic,” said the official. “We are looking for something that has never been done before.”
Both parties have presented what they want. North Korea has defined security as a deterrent to nuclear weapons. The United States now tries to convince them that weapons make them less secure, said the official, and that a “better future” comes from denuclearization.