The issue of US troops stationed in South Korea will not be "on the table" at a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday, June 2.
Since coming to power in 2011, Kim has not met another head of state in North Korea.
The June 12 meeting could be just the beginning of more talks, Trump reportedly said. "The United States is open to covering the costs, the two people said, but it's mindful that Pyongyang may view a USA payment as insulting", the message says.
He said that sanctions would remain in place in the meantime but that he would not impose more while talks continue, and he backed off the term "maximum pressure" that he has used to describe his strategy.
In a report published on Friday, The Washington Post said U.S. officials were apparently looking for answers to that question, shedding new light on the practical and diplomatic implications of planning what will be a first-ever meeting for the two leaders.
On Thursday, Chol and Pompeo are scheduled to have full-day meetings at the White House.
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"We'll be meeting on June 12 in Singapore", Trump told reporters, noting that the meeting at the White House today "went very well".
Meanwhile, Kim's popularity hike was less surprising due to photos and videos that went viral of him and Moon joking, hugging and even holding hands.
Seoul's reaction comes after Trump on Friday said in Washington that he was going ahead with the summit with Kim Jong-un to discuss the possible dismantling of Pyongyang's nuclear program.
"We will excitedly but calmly look forward to the historic meeting to be held in Singapore", he added. "But I think you're going to have a very positive result in the end".
Trump tweeted Tuesday that is cancellation letter got a "solid response". Pompeo and Chief of Staff John Kelly were also spotted inside the Oval Office for the meeting with President Trump.
Senior-level peace talks resumed at the border village between North and South Korea on Friday. "We continue to raise pressure and don't allow loopholes" in global economic sanctions targeting the country, he said.