The meeting comes amid a stalemate in nuclear talks, with North Korea demanding the US first ease sanctions and the usa saying there will be no relief until North Korea takes steps to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
The announcement came after Trump met with General Kim Yong Chol, North Korea's top nuclear official, on Friday, who is believed to have delivered a letter from Kim Jong Un.
MICHELE KELEMEN, BYLINE: North Korea's Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol had a lengthy sit-down with President Trump in the Oval Office lasting for about an hour and a half.
Sanders told reporters after the 90-minute meeting, which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also attended, that sanctions would remain on North Korea until the White House sees the country achieve full denuclearization.
After the meeting at the White House, the North Korean envoy was invited to lunch at the State Department by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Still, even after the Singapore summit, the first between USA and North Korean leaders, there has been little real progress in nuclear disarmament.
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Taking a commercial plane, Kim Yong Chol arrived at Washington on Thursday night and was greeted there by Stephen Biegun, the USA special representative for the DPRK, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. The development comes as USA and North Korean leaders are looking to set up their second summit to defuse an worldwide standoff over the North's nuclear program. There has also been speculation about other possible venues, including Bangkok, Hawaii, or a return to Singapore.
The two leaders' first summit, in Singapore last June, produced a vague commitment by Kim Jong-un to work toward the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, but he has yet to take what Washington sees as concrete steps in that direction.
Trump's remarks came a day after his meeting with Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the DPRK's ruling Korean Workers' Party Central Committee, at the White House. They are both Southeast Asian countries with North Korean embassies that are located within the flying range of the North Korean leader's Soviet-era private jet, the Chammae-1. USA officials said at the time that North Korea had called off the session.
Pyongyang might agree to shut down the Yongbyon complex and a missile test centre in the presence of global inspectors, Lim said, but "only if Washington eases sanctions and agrees to the end-of-war declaration".
"Kim Jong Un is gaining time to continue developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles", Isobe said. A planned meeting between Pompeo and the envoy, who is North Korea's former spy chief, in NY last November was abruptly canceled.
Washington has repeatedly said it expects the North to give up its nuclear arsenal, doggedly developed over decades by the Kim dynasty, at a vast cost in resources and isolation, and multiple sets of worldwide sanctions.
"Things are going very well with China and with trade", he said, adding that he had seen some "false reports" indicating that USA tariffs would be lifted.
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North Korea has been demanding that the United States lift harsh sanctions and provide it with security guarantees before it takes any steps beyond its initial suspension of nuclear and missile tests.
Kim expressed frustration in an annual New Year's address over the lack of progress in negotiations. "But we overcame all of them", Kim said at the Singapore summit.