Trump Kim summit officially back on


Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is set to visit North Korea in what would be the first visit by an worldwide head of state to the country since Kim Jong-un came to power, North Korean state media reported.

The summit is set to be the first meeting between leaders of the two countries after 70 years of confrontation, which started with the Korean War (1950-53) and 25 years of failed negotiations and tensions surrounding North Korea's nuclear program. The contents of the letter were not immediately known.

He traveled from NY to Washington, a black sport utility vehicle and arrived at the White House a little past 1 p.m. Friday. He did state that he was unsure whether the proposed meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will go ahead but maintained that "real progress" had been made despite "a great deal of work to do". However, his comments were the most positive from any USA official since Trump abruptly canceled the meeting last week after belligerent statements from the North.

Eight days after canceling the unprecedented summit, citing Pyongyang's "open hostility", Trump welcomed North Korea's former intelligence chief, now under punitive USA sanctions, to the White House Oval Office, afterward exchanging smiles and handshakes, patting his arm in a friendly gesture.

"It went very well", President Trump told reporters on the White House lawn. The North said agreed that the liaison office should be established as quickly as possible and proposed the event celebrating the June 15 Declaration to be held in the South, the ministry said.

With preparations for President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore well underway, one of the biggest logistical hurdles may come down to a simple question: who is paying for Kim's hotel?

Later Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that Kim's top adviser, Kim Yong Chol, would deliver the letter himself after talks with Pompeo in NY.

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Pompeo, who spoke with Trump on Wednesday night and with national security adviser John Bolton early Thursday, was accompanied by Andrew Kim, the head of a Central Intelligence Agency unit assigned to work on North Korea, and Mark Lambert, the head of the State Department's Korea desk.

Two sources told The Post that the open to covering the tab of the summit, but they noted that Pyongyang could also view the payment as an insult.

Yet he also said hard work remains including hurdles that may appear to be insurmountable as negotiations progress on the U.S. demand for North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.

Kim Yo-jong delivered a personal letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in on behalf of her brother, Kim Jong Un at the time.

Trump called off the summit in an open letter to Kim last week, citing "open hostility" from the regime.

US officials have expressed optimism that the two sides are making progress toward resolving differences over the summit's agenda and logistical planning.