President Donald Trump signaled on Thursday that he still expects to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un on June 12 in Singapore, saying he’s ‘hopeful’ that the summit will happen as scheduled.
But he warned at the same time that just one sit-down with the communist country may not be enough to ensure it doesn’t pose a nuclear threat.
The two leaders are expected to sit down to negotiate the terms of North Korea’s withdrawal from an effort to build a nuclear weapon that could reach the United States.
Trump tweeted that the U.S. had been engaging in ‘very good meetings with North Korea.’
He also said as he left Joint Base Andrews for Texas that he expects to receive a formal letter on Friday from Kim, carried by a delegation sent to Washington.
President Donald Trump said before boarding Air Force One that he might have to meet more than once with Kim Jong-un
Trump tweeted that his administration is having good meetings with reprresentatives of North Korea
The president is expected to meet June 12 with dictator Kim Jong-un in Singapore, and he said Thursday that the summit will ‘hopefully’ happen as scheduled
‘I look forward to seeing what’s in the letter,’ Trump said on the tarmac before boarding Air Force One.
‘I think it will be very positive. The meetings have been very positive,’ he said of talks that have proceeded in advance of the expected leader-to-leader discussion.
‘Hopefully we will have a meeting on the 12th. That’s going along very well,’ he told reporters.
But the president cautioned against expecting too much from a single summit meeting with the hermit kingdom’s despot.
Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews that he expects a delegation from the hermit kingdom to carry a letter from Kim Jong-un to him on Friday
‘I want it to be meaningful. It doesn’t mean it gets all done at one meeting. Maybe a second and third and maybe we’ll have none,’ he said.
‘It’s in good hands. That I can tell you.’
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a working dinner on Wednesday in New York City with top North Korean aide Kim Yong-chol.
The pair dined on ‘steak, corn, and cheese,’ according to the secretary of state.
North Korea Vice-Chairman Kim Yong-chol met Thursday in New York City with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Trump has played his cards close to the vest as June 12 approaches but has seemed largely optimistic about pulling off a meeting that few thought was possible
The meeting took place as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in Pyongyang for talks with his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-ho.
Kim Yong-chol is the most senior North Korean official to visit the United States since 2000, when Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok traveled to Washington to meet with then-President Bill Clinton in the Oval Office.
He is conducting one of three sets of parallel talks in the U.S. aimed at salvaging the nuclear summit.