Trump, Kim go for brief walkabout after meeting, joined by envoys

Kim Jong Un inspects what the North Korean government calls the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile

Kim Jong Un Thursday raised the prospect of a permanent U.S. diplomatic presence in Pyongyang, as President Donald Trump said he was in "no rush" for a speedy deal over North Korea's nuclear programme.

The president met with Kim last June for their first summit together in Singapore, where Trump was ostensibly working on North Korean denuclearization.

"Great meetings" and a "Very good dialogue", Trump said on Twitter after dinner with Kim at the French-colonial-era Metropole hotel while the White House said the two planned to sign a "joint agreement" after further talks on Thursday.

The two leaders were sitting across from each other at a conference table, with their aides.

This is the second summit of the US President and the North Korean leader in the history.

The breakdown denied Trump a much-needed triumph amid growing domestic turmoil back home, including congressional testimony this week by his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who called Trump a "racist" and "con man" and claimed prior knowledge that WikiLeaks would release emails that would damage Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2016.

Trump said the United States would be able to inspect some North Korean facilities but he did not go into specifics.

South Korea's Unification Ministry, which deals in affairs with North Korea, couldn't confirm whether it was the first time Kim answered a question from a foreign journalist.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a longstanding hawk on North Korea, told reporters that he "fully supports President Trump's decision to make no easy compromise".

We had a very successful first summit.

In his annual New Year's Day address on January 1, Kim says he is prepared to meet Trump again at any time.




"If we have some concrete steps that show North Korea is going to take some steps toward denuclearising, then I am not so sure that it is necessary to engage in six-party talks", he said.

But in a change of schedule, the White House said Trump's media conference planned for after the summit was moved forward by nearly 2 hours to 2.00 p.m.

In contrast, Kim is well aware of the fact that the nuclear negotiation is "a race against time" and this is why he believes that he has it over Trump who has a term in office.

Asked by a reporter if he was "walking back" on denuclearization demands, Trump said, "No".

"Hope you give us more time to talk".

They have also discussed partial denuclearization measures, such as allowing inspectors to observe the dismantling of North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear reactor, USA and South Korean officials say.

Now U.S. officials talk about simultaneous actions taken by both sides.

"I believe that starting from yesterday, the whole world is looking at this spot right now", Kim said via his translator.

"My administration will closely communicate and cooperate with the United States and North Korea so as to help their talks reach a complete settlement by any means", Moon said in a speech in Seoul.

Trump blamed the breakdown on North Korea's insistence that all the punishing sanctions the USA has imposed on Pyongyang be lifted without the North committing to eliminate its nuclear arsenal.

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