WASHINGTON, June 2 - US President Donald Trump confirmed that his Singapore Summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would take place on June 12, and said it would begin the process of denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
Trump�s announcement came at the end of a nearly 80-minute meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol. Chol delivered a letter from the North Korean leader to Trump.
�The meeting went very well. We�ll be meeting on June 12th in Singapore. It went very well. It�s really a get-to-know-you kind of a situation,� Trump said at an impromptu press conference with the White House pool soon after the North Korean envoy left.
Kim Yong Chol arrived in Washington DC after two days of talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York.
Trump acknowledged that denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula was going to be a long process. �I think it�ll be a process. I never said it goes in one meeting. But the relationships are building, and that�s a very positive thing,� he said.
Confident that the North Koreans wanted to achieve this goal, he said they want other things along the line. �I think they want to do that. I know they want to do that. And they want other things along the line. They want to develop as a country. That�s going to happen. I have no doubt,� the US President said.
Trump said countries in the region � Japan and South Korea � were also involved in this. �We�re involved in terms of getting everything. Everybody wants the United States. So we�re going to help in the process. Without us, it wouldn�t happen. But I think that you see a lot of very positive things, including with China. I think you see a lot of very positive things happening with President Xi, who has helped me quite a bit with this. So we�ll see where it leads,� he said. � PTI