Kim summit likely to be held at Singapore's Sentosa resort

North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol arrives at a hotel in New York U.S

Donald Trump waits on Kim Jong-un letter, talks up possible meeting

Despite the upbeat messaging in the United States, Kim Jong Un, in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister on Thursday, complained about the USA trying to spread its influence in the region, a comment that may complicate the summit plans.

In a letter addressed to Mr Kim, Mr Trump cited Pyongyang's "tremendous anger and open hostility" in public statements as his reason for cancelling the meeting. "They want to develop as a country", Trump said.

North and South Korea on Friday resumed senior-level peace talks Seoul sees as an important step in building trust with Pyongyang amid a US-led diplomatic push to persuade the North to give up its nuclear weapons. He told reporters it was "a very nice letter" and "a very interesting letter".

Earlier, Trump told reporters that North Korean officials may come to Washington on Friday with a letter from Kim.

Kim's arrival in Washington in a small caravan of SUV's from NY came a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that he was confident negotiations with Pyongyang were "moving in the right direction".

On Thursday, Chol and Pompeo are scheduled to have full-day meetings at the White House.

On June 1, Donald Trump, the U.S. President, said that he was ready to meet with Kim Jong-Un in Singapore on June 12.

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The BCC has reported that the KCNA quoted President Assad as saying on Wednesday: "I am going to visit [North Korea] and meet Kim Jong-un".

The CNN reported that even as Trump met with Kim Yong-Chol at the White House, separate teams of US officials were making preparations for the summit in Asia.

"We will excitedly but calmly look forward to the historic meeting to be held in Singapore", he added.

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.

"Between now and if we're going to have a summit, they're going to have to make clear what they're willing to do". Trump has repeatedly made it clear he's not under any illusions when it comes to a regime that often says one thing and does another.

"Kim has invested heavily in North Korea's nuclear weapons development program while starving the country financially and demanding luxury accommodations from foreign nations, including South Korea which covered $2.6 million in travel expenses for him during the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics".

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