WASHINGTON, President Donald Trump announced Friday that he will meet June 12 with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, reversing his recent decision to cancel the summit.
After meeting for more than an hour in the Oval Office with North Korea Vice Chairman Kim Yong-chol, Trump announced the summit was back on during brief remarks with reporters outside the Oval Office.
He said “the process will begin on June 12 in Singapore.”
Trump said he had not yet opened a letter to him from Kim Yong Un that was hand-delivered by Kim Yong-chol — a letter that had been much-publicized in recent days.
“I may be in for a big surprise, folks,” he said with a smile.
“We’re going to deal,” Trump said. The President said it would likely require more than one meeting to achieve the desired results.
“I think you’re going to have a very positive result in the end,” he said. “We will see what we will see.
“I think it’s probably going to be a very successful, ultimately a successful process,” he added.
“It’s going to have to be a process, but relationships are building, and that’s a very good thing,” Trump said.
He and Kim Yong-chol “talked about a lot. And we talked about sanctions.” The President said he decided to hold off on “hundreds” of additional sanctions that the US had prepared to impose on North Korea until the upcoming summit occurs.
Asked if he discussed human rights, Trump said he did not.
Trump has stated that his primary goal in holding the summit is to achieve the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Source: Kuwait News Agency