U.S. team enters North Korea to prepare for summit

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The president's reference to a bright future echoes recent remarks by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo envisioning major investments by US companies and those of other nations if Kim ends his country's pariah status by giving up its nuclear arsenal.

Impersonators pretending to be U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pose at the main stadium of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea February 25, 2018.

Nauert's statement confirms these intentions: "We continue to prepare for a meeting between the President and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un", she says.

Mr Trump said in a letter to Kim on Thursday he was cancelling the planned Singapore summit, citing North Korea's "open hostility".

Nauert provided no further details.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tapped veteran American diplomat Sung Kim to handle pre-summit negotiations. Those meetings are expected to continue into Tuesday. -North Korea summit, the White House said. Mr Moon called the gathering a meaningful attempt to clear up "some difficulties in communication" as the two leaders shared warm words on the northern side of their border.

The summit is expected to take place in Singapore on June 12.

"The Chinese said publicly, 'you're not going to get a trade deal, Mr. Trump, unless you give us sanction relief on ZTE, '" Chang told Vittert.

"Chairman Kim clearly appealed once again that his intent to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula is firm", Moon said.

Hooker was also a part of a USA delegation led by Ivanka Trump, daughter of the president and his senior adviser, that attended the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics at the end of February.

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Moon's surprise meeting with Kim on Saturday shows he's willing to do what it takes to keep diplomacy on track and avoid a return to threats of war over North Korea's nuclear program.

At the same time, a team of US government officials, including the White House deputy chief of staff for operations Joe Hagin, left US Yokota Air Base in Japan for Singapore on Monday, NHK said.

Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met for two hours on the North Korean side of the demilitarized zone. "So, basically it's up to the Trump Administration to use the elements of American power". "It's good that the two will meet, and my hope is that would set the stage for more realistic, more direct, specific conversations later on".

USA and South Korean officials haven't confirmed the details of the pre-summit negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang at the border.

Pence had remarked that North Korea could wind up like Libya - a country mired in chaos since it gave up its nuclear ambitions and saw its longtime dictator killed years later by USA -backed rebels. Libyan dictator Moammar Qaddafi was killed in an uprising several years later.

For Kim "denuclearization can't be a one-sided event that he's giving some stuff up and not getting some comparable USA action", according to Bruce Bennett senior defense analyst at the Rand Corporation research group.

Pyongyang also demanded the United States halt future joint military drills with South Korea if it truly wishes for talks with North Korea, the North's Rodong Sinmun said on Tuesday.

A statement from North Korea's state news agency, KCNA, said Kim expressed "his fixed will" on the possibility of meeting Trump as previously planned.

"I miss Trump, I'm already here in Singapore waiting for him to turn up", he said. Kim is a former American top nuclear envoy and ambassador to South Korea.

US stocks fell 0.2 percent on Friday after oil tanked the most in 11 months on concerns over more supply from OPEC.

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