North Korea has confirmed to United States its willingness to denuclearise: Pompeo


U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he could invite North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the United States if their meeting next week goes well.

This follows after General Kim Yong-chol, a close aide of the North Korean leader, hand-delivered a letter from Kim to the US President.

The North Korea summit between President Trump and the North Korean leader will take place on the Singaporean island of Sentosa, the White House has revealed. Trump's supporters, however, say his efforts to engage North Korea would not be productive if the administration raised the human rights issue strongly.

Pompeo said he will travel to Seoul on Wednesday after accompanying Trump to Singapore to discuss the results of the summit in a three-way meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

The efforts gives them hope that they can find real success where past efforts have fallen short, he added.

Analysts say Kim went out of his way to defuse hostility during his recent appearances, and image consultant Park Young-sil says that he "made the most effective use of the power of the smile through this inter-Korean summit". "We've seen how many inadequate agreements have been struck in the past". And that's something very important toward the ultimate making of a deal, he said. "The president recognizes that North Korea has great potential and he looks forward to a day when sanctions on the DPRK can begin to be removed".

French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have presented a united front against what they have deemed as Trump's protectionist trade measures, particularly his decision late last month to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

"I think it's a process", he said.

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The US President said he's hopeful that the Singapore summit will lead to a "bright new future" for North Korea and the world.

"These programmes threaten our homeland, our allies and partners, and the broader non-proliferation regime".

The Trump administration has said it will keep sanctions in place against Pyongyang until a complete denuclearization of North Korea is achieved. "It has supporting infrastructure that is also of concern", he said. He even said that he will invite Kim to US if the summit goes well.

"It's why the two leaders are meeting".

"But it's very 'gut, ' which people are not used to in the diplomatic world because people are used to reading note cards", said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "But I think I've been prepared for this summit for a long time".

"He understands that we can't do it the way we've done it before - that this has to be big and bold, and we have to agree to making major changes", the top USA diplomat told reporters at the White House.

"We can't step through this over years, but rather need to acknowledge it will take some amount of time, that this doesn't happen instantaneously".

Pompeo emphasized, though, the USA will guarantee North Korea's security as well as political normalization, . if it follows through on its pledge to denuclearize.