[Newsmaker] White House official: N. Korea's denuclearization will be 'process'

Putin to MEET Kim Jong-un as Russia invites North Korean dictator | Daily Star

The announcement of the timing for the first meeting between the two leaders came just three days after Trump hosted a senior North Korean delegation at the White House bearing a letter from Kim. Bolton, who has plenty to say about North Korea, did not.

According to her, the White House and State Department were also not soliciting other countries (ie, Singapore) to pay for North Korea's accommodations.

Trump is expected to stay at that hotel, which is near a major shopping district and less secluded than the island facility chosen for his meeting with Kim.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Tuesday that the summit will be held June 12 at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island.

"But as the president said, they were interesting, and we feel like things are continuing to move forward and good progress has been made".

It comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow hopes a summit between the two helps defuse tensions.

The meeting is set for June 12 at 9 a.m. local time.

North Korean officials are "sensitive to being dictated to", one source close to the talks said, and the Hagin-led team has taken pains to present ideas for the summit in a collaborative way. We are going to start a process.

Following a conciliatory statement issued by North Korea via state media shortly after, Trump reversed his decision and preparations for the summit resumed.

The UN's nuclear watchdog the IAEA has said it's ready to resume its nuclear verification activities in North Korea.

There has been no confirmation of the venue for the summit to discuss ending the North's nuclear weapons programme in return for diplomatic and economic incentives, although several Singapore hotels have figured as candidates.

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