NEW: U.S.-North Korea summit is back on, Pres. Trump says; “June 12, we will be in Singapore. I’ve never said it happens in one meeting — you’re talking about years of hostility, years of problems, years of hatred between so many different nations.” https://t.co/he9uLA17dy pic.twitter.com/hSYtXLcBxQ
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 1, 2018
Get your challenge coins ready. After notifying Kim Jong Un by letter last month that the planned summit between North Korea and the United States was cancelled, it appears President Donald Trump will be once again headed for Singapore.
“You people are going to have to travel,” Trump told reporters gathered outside the White House Friday, “because you’ll be in Singapore June 12th.”
But when asked about expectations for a major deal being reached during the talks, Trump said, “I don’t see that happening. I told him I think you could have probably [other meetings].”
Throughout the briefing the president referred to the talks as a process that he thought would be ultimately successful, but was unwilling to commit to a set timetable or specific goals.
After stating the same several times, that it was a process, Trump finally said, “Remember what I say: we will see what we will see.”
The revived summit comes from the efforts of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the reported second most powerful man in North Korea, Kim Yong Chol. The two met in Washington, DC and Friday’s announcement is said to be the result of a final two hour meeting in the Oval Office.
TRUMP: “Ended up being a 2 hour conversation w/ the 2nd most powerful man in North Korea (Kim Yong Chol). We talked about a lot things, the big deal will be on June 12. It’s a process, we aren’t going to go in and sign something on June 12.” @POTUS confirms NOKO summit back on. pic.twitter.com/kU2h6wNVAO
— Ben Kennedy (@BenKennedyTV) June 1, 2018
When he first stepped forward to address the press, Trump remarked “Mike has spent two days… doing this. We’ve gotten to know their people very well.”
Trump stated Japan and South Korea were also very involved and good things were happening with China. But the president pointed out that nothing would have happened without the United States.