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'Come to Russia': Moscow invites North Korea's Kim to visit

'Come to Russia': Moscow invites North Korea's Kim to visit 'Come to Russia': Moscow invites North Korea's Kim to visit
Patty Aguilar | 01 June, 2018, 21:47

"There's a very good chance that it won't be done in one meeting or two meetings or three meetings".

Trump views a summit as a legacy-defining opportunity to make a nuclear deal, but he has left the world guessing since canceling the meeting last week in an open letter to Kim that complained of the North's "tremendous anger and open hostility".

If the North Korean delegation goes to the White House, it would be the first visit there by high-level Pyongyang officials since 2000 when senior figure Jo Myong Rok met President Bill Clinton.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd L) holds talks with North Korean envoy Kim Yong-chol (2nd R) in NY, on May 31, 2018.

But since then, there's been a flurry of diplomatic activity as officials work to revive the meeting, which was set for June 12 in Singapore.

Formalities and pleasantires aside, the contents of the summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un remain somewhat vague.

Video of the beginning of their meeting also showed Lavrov inviting Kim to Moscow.

"Also, Trump wants to be at the center of the spotlight. Then, it would be possible and also efficient to hold the trilateral summit among the Koreas and the USA to declare an end to the war", said Hong Min, a senior researcher at the Korea Institute for National Unification. But North Korea flipped on the USA in May, blasting Trump officials and saying it was reconsidering the summit.

North Korea denied any involvement in both attacks.

Despite the upbeat messaging in the United States, Kim Jong Un, in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister on Thursday, complained about the U.S. trying to spread its influence in the region, a comment that may complicate the summit plans.

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White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said late on Thursday that the details of Friday's meeting between Kim Yong-chol and Trump in Washington were still being worked out.

Pompeo met Kim Yong Chol, the vice chairman of North Korea's Party Central Committee and a former intelligence chief, for dinner in NY on Wednesday.

Pompeo and Kim's private dinner took place near the United Nations headquarters in Midtown East, Manhattan, the BBC reported.

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".

An aide to Kim Jong Un has arrived at the White House, becoming the highest-ranking North Korean official to visit in 18 years.

Trump's "unexpected" decision, Pyongyang said, was "extremely regrettable". He managed to survive a deadly wave of purges that felled many of his counterparts in the top echelons of North Korean government after Kim Jong Un assumed office in 2011.

The meeting is remarkable as it is the Trump administration's first taste of the Kim regime unfiltered by mediators like South Korea.

The key task ahead of the June 12 summit is to settle the agenda.

Mr. Moon, who has lobbied hard for nuclear negotiations between Trump and Kim Jong-un, held a surprise meeting with the North Korean leader on Saturday in an effort to keep the summit alive.

Kim has already in 2018 had two visits to China, and two summits with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in in the demilitarized zone.

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