Trump 'WILL walk away' from North Korea talks 'without compromise'

Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Kim Yong Chol, left, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of leader Kim Jong Un's closest aides, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a meeting, May 31, 2018, in NY.

As President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prepare for their meeting in Singapore on June 12, South Korea indicated it might also join if an invite is extended to President Moon Jae-in. Asked if a deal was taking shape, Trump said: "I think it will be very positive".

North Korean official Kim Yong Chol arrived at the White House on Friday to deliver a personal letter from the rogue regime's leader Kim Jong Un to President Trump.

Officials from both sides have been scrambling to make the summit happen, with separate teams dispatched to the inter-Korean border and Singapore to discuss the substance of any denuclearization agreement and logistical issues, respectively.

Ahead of the meetings, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the North's former military intelligence chief, Kim Yong Chol, had dinner Wednesday night.

The envoy, Gen Kim Yong-chol, hand-delivered a letter from the North Korean leader to President Trump. The big thing will be on June 12. I purposely didn't open the letter.

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The multi-page letter blasted Comey over his investigation of Trump's Democratic presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton . He regularly refers to the ongoing special counsel investigation helmed by Robert Mueller as a "witch hunt".

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

North Korea has carried out six nuclear tests and numerous tests of ballistic missiles, all the while maintaining a barrage of belligerent rhetoric against its enemies, particularly the US.

Former bodyguard, Lee Young-kuk, who looked after Kim for more than a decade, said the dictator has no less than eight secret palatial residences outside of the capital.

Meanwhile, back in Pyongyang, the North Korean leader re-committed his isolated state to "denuclearization," boosting hopes of what would be an extraordinary diplomatic turn-around just a week after Trump threatened to cancel preparations.

US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will try to salvage prospects for a high-stakes nuclear summit.

The statement leaves room for speculation about whether Moon could join the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

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Trump tweeted , "We have put a great team together for our talks with North Korea". " Kim Jong Un agrees with me on this. The Trump administration has demanded that North Korea completely and irreversibly shut its nuclear weapons program.

Trump predicted the upcoming meeting in Singapore would likely be the first of many.

He was greeted at the White House by chief of staff John Kelly and then whisked into the Oval Office.

In a letter addressed to Mr Kim, Mr Trump cited Pyongyang's "tremendous anger and open hostility" in public statements as his reason for cancelling the meeting.

"Good working dinner with Kim Yong Chol in NY tonight".

North Korea has made advances in missile technology in recent years but Trump has sworn not to allow it to develop nuclear missiles that could hit the United States. "It's hard to envision a scenario, in which Kim Jong-un would be satisfied with any security guarantees that the U.S. might offer in exchange for giving up nuclear weapons", he said. However, his comments were the most positive from any US official since Trump abruptly canceled the meeting last week after belligerent statements from the North.

Kim Yong Chol is a close aide of Kim Jong Un and is vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee.

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Its president, Prof Dr Mohamed Rehan Karim, said the government's decision is apt given the country's high debt level. And we can not pay so much money if we continue with the project. "We will make no money at all from this operation".

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