Singapore top diplomat to visit Pyongyang before Trump-Kim summit

Posted June 07, 2018

Pompeo has taken the lead on the North Korea negotiations and has twice met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The White House this week confirmed the summit between Trump and Kim would be held on Singapore's southern island of Sentosa.

In April, South Korean adviser Chung-in Moon was even more specific, saying North Korea might be interested in welcoming a McDonald's if tensions between the USA and North Korea ease, according to the Chicago Tribune.

North Korea responded with a conciliatory statement, and the USA resumed plans for the meeting, which is scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.

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But a week later, Trump announced it was back on after a top North Korean envoy hand delivered a letter from Kim to the White House.

Hentschel told Newsweek that his company, based in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday faxed a letter with the offer to North Korea through the country's embassy in China.

When asked whether Trump supports a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kim, she said the focus of the administration right now was the President's meeting with the North Korean leader.

The minister, who will be accompanied by foreign ministry officials, will also meet the North's ceremonial president Kim Yong Nam, the statement said.

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"And the President will make his views known directly to him when we're in Singapore, and our focus will continue to be on denuclearisation", Sanders said.

Singapore suspended trade relations with the reclusive Northeast Asian state a year ago following tightened United Nations sanctions over its weapons programme, however, North Korea still operates a small embassy in the city. "I think that's something people should be very aware of". My prediction is that at some point during this process, if I were the North Koreans, I'd want to extend this.

"The next stage is multilateral participation of all the interested states, chiefly regional ones, in the development of security guarantees [for North Korea, ]" Putin said.

The US President last week revived the meeting with Mr Kim after initially cancelling it, citing what he called Pyongyang's "open hostility".

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