Pompeo Says 'Real Progress' Made Toward Trump-Kim Summit

Kim Jong Un is reportedly offering to open an American burger chain in North Korea as a

Kim Jong Un is reportedly offering to open an American burger chain in North Korea as a"show of goodwill

A North Korean delegation visited the White House on Friday to hand deliver a letter to President Trump.

President Donald Trump on Friday declared that his on-and-off summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was on again, the latest shift in a diplomatic theatrics to resolve the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang.

Meanwhile, President Trump will also meet Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Washington on June 7. This was the first time that a senior North Korean official had visited the White House since a senior military official from that country visited former-President Bill Clinton in 2000. Then Kim got in his motorcade and left.

Trump yesterday hosted North Korea's spy chief Kim Yong Chol in the Oval Office with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "It went really well".

Asked whether the answer would come on Friday in the letter, Pompeo said he did not know but added: "We have made real progress in the last 72 hours toward setting the conditions".

He joked to the reporters gathered there.

The key meeting, scheduled for 12 June, has been jeopardised so far by belligerent statements from North Korea and threats of cancellation from Mr Trump. Speaking to journalists after the North Koreans departed, Trump initially said the letter was "very nice" and "very interesting", but minutes later said he had not read the letter yet and didn't open it in the meeting, joking that he could be in for "a big surprise".

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Itsunori Onodera said North Korea agreed to give up nuclear weapons as early as 1994, but has continued to develop them in secret and until past year threatened surrounding countries with a series of ballistic missile launches.

Trump said they had discussed formally ending the Korean War, which has been largely frozen since an armistice ended hostilities, but not the underlying conflict, in 1953.

"And I told them today, 'Take your time, we can go fast, we can go slowly, ' but I think they'd like to see something happen".

In 2016, he took charge of the United Front Department, the civilian intelligence agency which supposedly operates pro-North Korean groups in South Korea and handles inter-Korean affairs.

Meanwhile, at an worldwide security conference in Singapore (the location of the summit) Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that America's troop presence in South Korea is not on the table for discussion.

But what about the letter? But what was in that letter? "Oh, would you like to see what was in that letter", Trump initially said. He later noted that he had not opened the letter.

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