"We welcome contacts between North and South Korea, as well as between North Korea and the United States", Lavrov said on May 31 after meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, according to Russia's TASS news agency.
That would require Pyongyang to give up its entire nuclear arsenal and weapons building infrastructure and development programs, and submit to intrusive global inspections and monitoring to ensure the shift is permanent. "Hopefully we will have a meeting on the (June) 12th", Trump said.
Pompeo had a working dinner of "steak, corn and cheese" with the four-star general Wednesday in NY as part of those ongoing negotiations. Kim told him that the situation on the Korean peninsula was shifting rapidly toward dialogue, and that he appreciated Putin's opposition to USA "hegemony", according to Russia's Interfax news service.
Trump abruptly canceled the summit last week, citing North Korea's "tremendous anger and open hostility" toward the United States.
"I'd like to see it done in one meeting", he said.
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"It will take bold leadership from Chairman Kim Jong Un if we were able to seize this once in a lifetime opportunity to change the course for the world", he said.
President Trump announced Thursday he would be willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un multiple times if that's what it takes to secure a lasting nuclear agreement; adding that's how "deals work" sometimes. It's the highest-level meeting between a United States president and a North Korean official since 2000.
"I believe that there is no problem that we can not solve together if we deal with it based on trust, respect and understanding of the other side, which is the basic mindset that South and North Korea both agree to", Cho said. He said it "went very well".
The men and two aides went to a high-rise building in east Manhattan, and ate a high-class menu served on State Department crockery in a "working dinner" created to help hash out the two countries' dramatically different ideas of how North Korea should handle its nuclear weapons program.
If the North Korean delegation goes to the White House, it would be the first visit there by high-level officials from there since 2000 when Jo Myong Rok, a marshal, met President Bill Clinton.
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Mr Trump played down the chances of a quick breakthrough in nuclear talks with North Korea. He is the vice chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea Central Committee responsible for South Korean affairs.
In addition to Pompeo's meetings, Sanders said, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin met with a North Korean team in Singapore on Wednesday and would continue meetings Thursday.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Kim's right-hand man, General Kim Yong Chol, in NY late on May 30 to discuss the matter.
Pompeo said that after a series of meetings he believes the talks are going in "the right direction".
South Korea's Unification Ministry said the Koreas agreed to set up the liaison office at a factory park in Kaesong that had been jointly operated by the countries until the South shut it down in February 2016 after a North Korean nuclear test. U.S. officials had previously insisted that the North Koreans would have to be ready to surrender their nuclear arsenal at the meeting. North Korea's conciliatory response to that letter appears to have put the summit back on track.
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