N. Korea, US inch closer to June 12 S'pore summit

US President Donald Trump said he would like to do a quick deal on the denuclearisation of the North, while North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he hoped ties with the US and denuclearisation would be solved on a "stage-by-stage basis".
US President Donald Trump said he would like to do a quick deal on the denuclearisation of the North, while North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he hoped ties with the US and denuclearisation would be solved on a "stage-by-stage basis".PHOTO: AFP

North Korea and the United States are inching closer to a summit in Singapore on June 12 between President Donald Trump and Mr Kim Jong Un.

Mr Kim has a personal letter which his top aide Kim Yong Chol was due to hand to Mr Trump at the White House. General Kim, a former spy chief, held two rounds of talks earlier in New York with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "I am confident we are moving in the right direction," said Mr Pompeo.

Mr Trump said he would like to do a quick deal on the denuclearisation of the North, while Mr Kim said he hoped ties with the US and denuclearisation would be solved on a "stage-by-stage basis".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2018, with the headline 'N. Korea, US inch closer to June 12 S'pore summit'. Print Edition | Subscribe