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>> North Korea's top negotiator concluded a second day of talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York on Thursday. A senior state department official told Reuters the meetings, quote, went well, and had concluded because progress had been made. The two sides are trying to find common ground over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program, ahead of a potential historic meeting between Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump on June 12th in Singapore.
Aboard Air Force One on Thursday, President Trump told Reuters it may take more than one meeting to seal a deal, and that he would like North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs as quickly as possible, under any agreement. As Reuters' Josh Smith reports, they've got a lot of diplomacy to do ahead of the summit.
>> The United States has been increasingly concerned over North Korea's commitment to actually giving up its weapons program. While North Korea has complained that the United States should stop insisting that North Korea unilaterally give up its program with nothing in return. If it is able to secure some kind of easing of sanctions, this could be an area where both sides come to an agreement.
>> In the lead-up to the potential Trump-Kim summit less than two weeks away, there's been a recent flurry of diplomacy. Just on Wednesday, that included meeting teams of North Koreans already at the Korean DMZ, and in Singapore. Others are maneuvering ahead of the meeting too. On Wednesday, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met Kim Jong un in Pyeongchang, and invited Kim to Moscow.
>> Pyeongchang, the foreign minister there said that any kind of agreement over North Korea's nuclear program should involve phased agreements by both sides, including easing of sanctions by the international community. Russia has, for some time, wanted to play some kind of mediator role between North Korea and the United States.
However, most recently, it's been somewhat left out of the most recent talks. And so, this round of talks in Pyongyang likely was reassuring to Moscow.>> Good morning. I just wanna tell you we're doing very well with North Korea.>> Back in the US, President Trump said he expected the North Korean envoy to visit Washington on Friday to hand-deliver him a letter from Kim Jong-Un.
>> For the delivery of a letter. I look forward to that.