Both sides seemed determined to put a good face on the summit, which President Donald Trump said was generally friendly and constructive.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the leaders had a “very good and constructive meeting” and discussed ways to advance “denuclearization and economic driven concepts.”
President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Kim are meeting Wednesday in their second summit aimed at addressing perhaps the world’s biggest security challenge: Kim’s pursuit of a nuclear program that stands on the verge of viably threatening targets around the planet.
As the gathering officially kicks off Friday, issues like development and investment seem like afterthoughts, overshadowed by contentious matters from the U.S.-China trade dispute to the conflict over Ukraine.
A top aide to Kim Jong Un will make a rare visit to Washington Friday to hand a letter from the North Korean leader to President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after reporting “good progress” in talks between the two sides to revive an on-again, off-again nuclear summit.
In a letter to Kim Jong Un announcing his decision to back away from the June 12 summit, the U.S. president pointed to America’s vast military might and warned the rising nuclear power against any “foolish or reckless acts.”
With two unpredictable leaders, it’s hard to anticipate every possibility. But White House aides are expecting hard-ball negotiating tactics — already in evidence this week as the North Koreans cast fresh doubt on the sit-down.
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