Jimmy Carter: 'It's good' that Trump is meeting with Kim Jong Un

  • Jimmy Carter: 'It's good' that Trump is meeting with Kim Jong Un

Jimmy Carter: 'It's good' that Trump is meeting with Kim Jong Un

Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo said on Sunday an upcoming meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is not just for show.

Trump's critics, from establishment to media, have questioned Trump's resolve and competence to pull that off.

He said the country was coming to the table now because US-led sanctions have battered it economically. In a world of corporate banality and predictability, The Echo has worked hard for more than 30 years to help keep Byron and the north coast unique with quality local journalism and creative ideas. You can not just approach this like a reality show. "He's going to solve a problem", Mr Pompeo told the Fox News Sunday program.

A senior government official told reporters in Washington Kim "prepared a special message to be delivered to President Trump, but we can not reveal details since it was exchanged by heads of state".

Trump's press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said on Friday Trump was "not going to have this meeting take place until we see concrete actions that match the words and the rhetoric of North Korea".

"Now we have a situation where the president is using diplomacy but we're not removing the maximum pressure campaign", Mr Mnuchin said.

Pompeo said "channels are open" but he shed no light on how the United States will proceed or even whether it has heard back from the North Koreans on Trump's agreement to talk to Kim.

"There shouldn't be confusion", Mnuchin stated.

Chung, who had met with Kim previously, told Trump that the North Korean leader had pledged to halt missile and nuclear tests during the negotiations, to discuss denuclearization and to raise no public objections to scheduled US-South Korean military exercises.

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump accepted the invitation to meet with Kim by the end of May following months of heightened tensions and exchanges of frequent military threats between the two leaders.

"Before they get that kind of prize, we should insist that they make some real changes, verifiable changes to their programs", Democratic US senator Elizabeth Warren said on NBC's Meet the Press.

They also dismissed criticism that Trump's decision to meet elevated the North Korean leader on an worldwide stage.

"We've been very clear. that's the objective and that's what we're going to accomplish", he said.

The US President has seemingly been bemused by the mixed reaction to his diplomatic efforts and routinely blames the Democrats for the shortage of staff in the US State Department.

North Korea's leaders have sought a face-to-face meeting with a United States president for decades, but have been rebuffed over human rights concerns as well as the nuclear ambitions. The two have also engaged in "measuring" whose nuclear button was bigger.

Trump and Kim prompted jitters around the world past year as they exchanged bellicose insults over the North's attempts to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States.

One user, Mary Christen, wrote: "I knew if anybody could do it you could".