Assad planning visit to North Korea

Minnie Murray
June 5, 2018

President Donald Trump announced Friday that the planned-then-cancelled June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore is back on the schedule.

The United States previously blacklisted Mr Kim, who once served as a bodyguard to the current leader's father Kim Jong-il, from coming to the United States because of his role in North Korea's military establishment.

Syrian President Bashar al- Assad is reportedly planning to travel to Pyongyang to meet Kim Jong Un, according to North Korean media.

"I am sure that he will achieve the final victory and realize the reunification of Korea without fail", Assad said.

The two nations have maintained warm ties for decades as they were both put under worldwide sanctions; North Korea over its nuclear weapons and Syria over its civil war.

"We are doing very well with North Korea", Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews before departing on a trip to Texas.

Since then, preparations for the meeting kicked into high gear, with delegations from Washington and Pyongyang holding meetings in the demilitarized zone in North Korea and in NY.


"Good working dinner with Kim Yong Chol in NY tonight", Pompeo tweeted.

"We'll be meeting on June 12 in Singapore. You're talking about years of hostility, years of problems / But I think you're going to have a really positive result in the end".

Nauert said in a statement, "We are not paying for the DPRK delegation, and we are not asking others to do so". But a meeting never came to be - and no sitting president has met with a North Korean leader since.

Trump said Friday he will meet Kim for the historic summit as originally scheduled after extraordinary Oval Office talks with a top envoy from Pyongyang.

An aide confirmed Trump did read the letter after he spoke to reporters and then left nearly immediately for Camp David where he will prepare for the summit.

Yet he also said hard work remains including hurdles that may appear to be insurmountable as negotiations progress on the USA demand for North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation. Trump was heard saying to the group of reporters.

And he acknowledges that if diplomacy with North Korea works, then troop levels and similar issues can come up, but only in discussions between the US and South Korea.

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