Donald Trump will 'transform' North Korea after Kim Jong-un letter

Tuesday, 05 Jun, 2018

With preparations for President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore well underway, one of the biggest logistical hurdles may come down to a simple question: who is paying for Kim's hotel?

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.

The video is a distinct move away from regular depictions of Kim as an omnipotent leader at the center of all good things.

After discussions in New York, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he was "confident we are moving in the right direction".

Kim Yong Chol spent roughly one hour and twenty minutes at the White House and emerged from the Oval Office with Trump and Pompeo to take photos and shake hands. We'll see. Remember what I say, we will see what we will see.

Ahead of the talks, the South Korean side said it planned to use the meeting to reduce tensions across the heavily-armed border and talks to engage with the Red Cross to resume family reunions for people separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

Syrian President Bashar al- Assad is reportedly planning to travel to Pyongyang to meet Kim Jong Un, according to North Korean media. "But I think they'd like to see something happen". They can make a strategic shift.

"We have no idea how this is going to turn out to be", Kim said. "We're meeting with the chairman on June 12, and I think it's probably going to be a very successful - ultimately, a successful process".

"I didn't cancel the meeting. We understand there's a letter coming, and we look forward to receiving that letter and are trying to work towards our ultimate goal of denuclearisation", he said. This state visit marks the highest level visit from Pyongyang to the United States in 18 years.

The veteran Russian envoy passed on greetings from President Vladimir Putin to Kim and invited him to visit Russia, the Russian foreign ministry said.

High-ranking officials from the U.S. and North Korea met over two days to discuss the future of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program and the much-anticipated summit between Mr Trump and Mr Kim.

He only made his first overseas trip as leader this year, travelling to China to meet President Xi Jinping, an ally of the reclusive regime.