Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Kim Meeting Revived for June 12 in Singapore

Kim Meeting Revived for June 12 in Singapore

The president said he believes North Korea is committed to denuclearization and even suggested the summit could bring an official end to the Korean War.

Right after his meeting Friday with Kim Yong Chol, President Trump told reporters he had not yet read the letter.

"That issue is not on the table here in Singapore on June 12, nor should it be", he said at the summit which opened in Singapore on Friday and runs through Sunday.

Washington has said that North Korea's denuclearisation should be a complete and nearly immediate process, while Pyongyang has appeared to put safeguards for the regime's survival as a pre-condition to a process of gradual dismantling, accompanied by a measured lifting of the sanctions.

Speaking outside the White House, Donald Trump also said hundreds of new sanctions are ready to go on North Korea, but he would hold off.

He traveled from NY to Washington, a black sport utility vehicle and arrived at the White House a little past 1 p.m. Friday. Two more meetings are scheduled for Thursday.

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The letter was presented as Trump revived plans for a June 12 summit with Kim in Singapore that Trump had abruptly cancelled last week. -North Korea summit, which President Donald Trump reinstated the previous day.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis walks to the rosthrum to delivers his speech during the first plenary session of the 17th Asian Security Summit of the IISS ShangriLa Dialogue in Singapore on June 2, 2018.

An aide confirmed Trump did read the letter after he spoke to reporters and then left nearly immediately for Camp David where he will prepare for the summit. Trump was heard saying to the group of reporters. "The relationships are building and that's a very positive thing".

"Our movement is committed to the abolition of nuclear weapons and we recognize that this historic summit is a once in a generation opportunity to work for peace and nuclear disarmament", Akira Kawasaki, an ICAN global steering group member, said in a statement.

A leaked United Nations report showed that over a five-year-period North Korea sent 40 items to Syria for ballistic missile development and in 2017 Pyongyang made £150 million by violating global sanctions and supplying equipment to Syria.

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