USA may end up paying Kim Jong Un's hotel bill for summit

USA may end up paying Kim Jong Un's hotel bill for summit

USA may end up paying Kim Jong Un's hotel bill for summit

"I think it's probably going to be a very successful, ultimately a successful process", Trump told reporters on the White House lawn after meeting with a senior North Korean official in the Oval Office.

The official, Kim Yong Chol, was greeted by White House chief of staff John Kelly, who led him to the Oval Office for talks with Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Trump's is the latest administration to inherit a decades-long crisis on the Korean Peninsula, where North Korea technically remains at war with its USA -backed rival since their 1950s conflict.

"He wants to be careful", Trump said of Kim.

The North Korean envoy, a close confidant of Kim Jong-un, arrived in Washington after two days of talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in NY.

Trump told reporters he hadn't read the letter yet and added with a smile, "I may be in for a big surprise, folks". However, his comments were the most positive from any US official since Trump abruptly canceled the meeting last week after belligerent statements from the North. By the next day, he was signaling the event could be back on after a conciliatory response from North Korea.

"We talked about nearly everything".

After exchanging threats and insults since Trump became president previous year, the United States and North Korea have been trying to set up the summit between their leaders. Washington is determined that Kim should agree to what United States officials call the "complete, verifiable and irreversible" end of North Korea's nuclear weapons and intercontinental missile programs.

Kim Yong Chol was spotted leaving his hotel in New York City early Friday for the trip to Washington in a convoy of SUVs. Kim Yong Chol, the most senior North Korean to visit the United States in 18 years, spent nearly 90 minutes in the Oval Office.

"I look forward to the day I can take the sanctions off North Korea", Trump said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in (not pictured) during their summit at the truce village of Panmunjom, North Korea, in this handout picture released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), on May 27.

"As we move to adjust to the political situation in the face of U.S. hegemonism, I am willing to exchange detailed and in-depth opinions with your leadership and hope to do so moving forward", Kim told Lavrov. But there are lingering doubts on whether he will ever fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as his only guarantee of survival in a region surrounded by enemies.

North Korea's flurry of diplomatic activity following an increase in nuclear weapons and missile tests in 2017 suggests that Kim is eager for sanctions relief to build his economy and for the worldwide legitimacy a summit with Trump would provide.

Kim Yong Chol became the first North Korean to visit the White House since 2000.

Some analysts suggest the video is part of an effort by North Korea to show its willingness to negotiate its nuclear weapons policy.

Trump appeared to significantly lower expectations for the outcome of the historic summit, frequently describing it as the start of a process and not the place where the two leaders were likely to sign any agreement.

Kim Yong Chul, who till now was under USA sanctions, is likely to stay in the country till tomorrow. He was granted special permission to travel outside the NY area in order to meet with the president.

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