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President Trump: June 12 Summit with North Korea is back on

02 June 2018

Song Young-moo said: "Just because we have been tricked by North Korea in the past doesn't guarantee that we will be tricked in the future".

The summit, set to take place June 12 in Singapore, would be the first-ever direct talks between a sitting USA president and North Korean ruler. But he said that "we probably will, and maybe in great detail", during the June 12 summit.

"These norms were laid in the early 2000s, when Seoul's so-called "sunshine policy" took off", said Sung-Yoon Lee, an expert on Korea at Tufts University, referring to a policy of rapprochement associated with former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung. He concluded, "I think you're going to have a very positive result in the end".

Trump has refused to publicly acknowledge whether he's spoken directly with Kim Jong Un ahead of the talks.

North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol shakes hands with President Donald Trump as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on, after a meeting at the White House, on June 1.

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North Korean officials said Kim Yong Chol was expected to return to Pyongyang shortly.

Despite the upbeat messaging in the United States, Kim Jong Un, in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister on Thursday, complained about the US trying to spread its influence in the region, a comment that may complicate the summit.

In addition to an end to the war, he is likely to seek global recognition as well as guarantees against any strike by the USA forces stationed in South Korea. "Why would I do that when we're talking so nicely", he said. An aide later confirmed he did after the talks. "We did discuss that", Trump said.

The Oval Office talks and letter delivery came only a week after Trump threatened to consign the entire process to history, abruptly cancelling the summit in a sharply worded letter, only to revive preparations shortly afterwards.

He tweeted from New York: "Good progress today during our meetings" with Kim and his team. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency chief who has traveled to North Korea and met with Kim Jong Un twice in the past two months, said he believed the country's leaders are "contemplating a path forward where they can make a strategic shift, one that their country has not been prepared to make before". They can make a strategic shift. "This will obviously be their decision", he said.

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The meeting followed two landmark summits between the leaders of North and South Korea in the last five weeks.

The two Koreas agreed to hold more meetings throughout this month to carry out the agreements reached between their leaders at the April summit, according to a joint statement released following Friday's talks.

The president said it was likely that more than a single meeting would be necessary to bring about his goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

The June 12 meeting in Singapore, the first between heads of the technically still-warring nations, is meant to begin the process of ending North Korea's nuclear program, and Trump said he believes Kim is committed to that goal. "Hopefully we will have a meeting on the 12th".

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President Trump: June 12 Summit with North Korea is back on