Putin Sent Message to North Korea Leader Kim During Lavrov Visit

Putin Sent Message to North Korea Leader Kim During Lavrov Visit

President Donald Trump signaled Thursday that it's very likely a delegation of North Korean officials "will probably be coming down" to Washington Friday to hand-deliver a letter to him from Kim Jong Un.

Japan is reportedly seeking foreign ministers talks with North Korea amid working-level talks between Washington and Pyongyang ahead of their potential summit.

Kim Yong Chol, the former military intelligence chief and one of the North Korean leader's closest aides, landed midafternoon Wednesday on an Air China flight from Beijing.

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Trump cautioned that while he hopes a planned summit in Singapore on June 12 between the US and North Korea is still in the cards, he wants it to be a "meaningful" meeting. "The meetings have been very positive".

An official said the talks lasted just over two hours but had concluded well before schedule. "The people of #NorthKorea can have a brighter future and the world can be more peaceful". That suggests Kim might have chosen to first go to NY because it would make it easier for him to communicate with officials in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital.

"Most North Koreans have reacted positively to the recent North-South summit, plans for a North-U.S. summit, and the removal of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site removal because they can expect possible economic reform", he said, referring to a hope that harsh global sanctions placed on the regime in response to its nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches may now be eased. South Korean media speculated that Pompeo could make a third trip to Pyongyang and that Kim Yong Chol was carrying a personal letter from Kim Jong Un and might push to travel to Washington to meet with Trump.

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Activist Kim Young-hwan speaks at a symposium on North Korean human rights in Seoul on May 31, 2018.

Mr Trump called off the meeting with Mr Kim, set to take place in Singapore on June 12, because he believed it could not take place amid the "the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed" by North Korea in its "most recent statement" where North Korea spoke about its nuclear capabilities.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has maintained a hard line against the North, calling for continued sanctions and a maximum-pressure campaign on Pyongyang.

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