Nevertheless, Kim Yong-chul, former spy chief and the director of United Front Department of North Korea, stated in a toast that North Korea perfected nuclear capability.
"If chairman Kim chooses the right path, there is a future brimming with peace and prosperity for the North Korean people", he said after Friday's talks in Washington with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.More news: Pakistan top brass blast ex-PM over Mumbai attack remarks
North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the United States brought exchanges of bellicose rhetoric between Mr Trump and Mr Kim a year ago that raised fears of a new war on the Korean peninsula. Such time limits might coincide with the USA presidential elections. "I think we have a good understanding, and I think there is complete agreement about what the ultimate objectives are".
POMPEO: We talked about the fact that America has often in history had adversaries who we are now close partners with and our hope that we could achieve the same with respect to North Korea. The U.S. would also want North Korea to give up any nuclear weapons it already built.
The choice of Singapore as the site of the first-ever meeting of a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader was as much because it was within reasonable flight time and distance from Pyongyang as because of the island state's political neutrality, a South Korean presidential official told reporters.More news: Anne Frank's 'Dirty Jokes' Have Been Uncovered From Her Diary
A series of U.S. administrations have sent envoys, both official and unofficial, to Pyongyang in the hope of stopping North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha stressed that sanctions against Pyongyang would not be lifted until it had taken concrete steps to denuclearise. With U.S. help, those countries recovered from the devastation of conflict. Now, she was here, by the way, also to plan for her president's trip to Washington later this month. That meeting has since been set for June 12 in Singapore. He calls it a big undertaking. He flew in his personal Ilyushin-62M jet accompanied by a cargo plane that people with knowledge of North Korean affairs say is believed to have carried his limousine. Of course that's what we're hearing from the USA side.
"So far, the powers are not ready to give each other what each of them is seeking", the expert said.More news: STDs reach all-time high in California
"The United States had preferred Geneva", the South Korean presidential official told reporters, requesting anonymity to discuss the arrangements for the summit meeting.