USA cites 'real progress' toward Trump-Kim summit meeting

North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol arrives at a hotel in New York U.S

He also said the issue of human rights was not discussed.

Mattis was speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an global security conference in Singapore.

Trump said one possible outcome of the summit might be an end to the Korean War.

Later Friday, deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley confirmed that Trump had read the letter, but he did not reveal its contents.

President Donald Trump on Friday declared that his on-and-off summit with Kim was on again. "There remains a great deal of work to do", Pompeo said, citing ongoing talks in Singapore and in the demilitarized zone on the Korean border.

Jun 3, 2018-Syrian President Bashar al-Assad plans to make a state visit to North Korea, reported BCC quoting North Korea's state news agency. He had announced just last week that he was canceling the meeting.

Trump has said he wants North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons before sanctions are lifted.

"We also cheer the summits that have already taken place between Pyongyang and Seoul, and the next planned summit between the leaders of North Korea and United States", said Lavrov, on his first visit to the North since 2009. "The meeting went very well". The conference is set to deliberate on whether the June 12 meeting that has been cancelled by President Trump can be reinstated.

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"It's a process", the president said.

As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down in a NY apartment for talks with the North Korean leader's right-hand man, Kim Yong Chol, back in Washington Trump expressed optimism.

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". During the announcement, he later said that he hadn't even opened the letter. Trump was heard saying to the group of reporters.

Lavrov passed on greetings from President Vladimir Putin to the North Korean leader and invited him to visit Russia, according to a statement from the Russian foreign ministry. They walked along the Rose Garden to the Oval Office, where Kim was expected to hand over the letter from his leader.

Pyongyang and Damascus maintain good relations, and United Nations monitors have accused North Korea of co-operating with Syria on chemical weapons, which the North vehemently denies.

Ri is hardly the first North Korean official to chastise South Korean reporters over questions they found uncomfortable. Pompeo and Chief of Staff John Kelly were also spotted inside the Oval Office for the meeting with President Trump.

He said that the emphasis on the letter may signal the importance Kim is willing to place on written letters as a diplomatic tool, with his father and grandfather largely forgoing official communications with foreign states, favoring instead telegrams to their allies in Beijing. But talks have continued and Trump has suggested the meeting could still go forward as planned on June 12 in Singapore. "But I think you're going to have a very positive result". They posed for some pictures there along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "The Nobel Peace Prize included a cash prize and we are offering funds from the prize to cover the costs for the summit, in order to support peace in the Korean Peninsula and a nuclear-weapon-free world".

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