One week after the cancellation of the meeting which was to be held previous week, President Trump’s June 12 Summit With Kim Jong Un is back on.
“I think we’re over that, totally over that, and now we’re going to deal and we’re going to really start a process,” Trump told reporters Friday afternoon of the escalating rhetoric that led to the cancellation. “We’re meeting with the Chairman on June 12.”
Trump and Moon meet at the White House and express optimism for a successful summit between Trump and Kim. Moon says the “fate and the future of the Korean Peninsula hinge” on the meeting in Singapore.
The United States previously blacklisted Kim Yong-Chol, who once served as a bodyguard to the current leader’s father Kim Jong-il, from coming to the United States because of his role in North Korea’s military establishment.
After exchanging threats and insults since Mr Trump became President last year, the United States and North Korea have been trying to set up a summit — originally planned for Singapore on June 12 — between their leaders, at which Mr Trump wants to pressure Pyongyang into giving up its nuclear weapons.
The leadership in Pyongyang is believed to regard nuclear weapons as crucial to its survival and has rejected unilaterally disarming.
Kim Yong Chol delivered a personal letter to Trump from the North Korean leader. Speaking to journalists after the North Koreans departed, Trump initially said the letter was “very nice” and “very interesting,” but minutes later said he had not read the letter yet and didn’t open it in the meeting, joking that he could be in for “a big surprise.
Trump, after welcoming Kim Jong-un’s right-hand man, Kim Yong-Chol, to the White House talked about Washington’s demands of denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula. A number of diplomatic events ensued, including a surprise meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae in and Kim at the North Korean side of the border village of Panmunjom on May 26. On that same day, North Korea had announced that it had “demolished” its nuclear facility at Punggye-Ri.
The Trump administration had expressed more optimism about holding the previously cancelled summit.