Kim Jong Un signals willingness to denuke -- again

Kim Jong-un's diplomatic skills have been praised by state media

Asked if he was ready for the U.S. to open an office in Pyongyang, Kim told reporters: "I think it is something that is worth welcoming".

Kicking off the second day of talks at the French-colonial-era Metropole hotel earlier, Trump again stressed the talks aimed at tackling North Korea's nuclear threat should not be rushed. Britain's Channel 4 News posed the first-ever question from global media to Kim in 2013.

But reporters didn't get opportunities to ask questions of Kim during his three summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his four meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping. I won't make predictions.

Trump said late previous year he and Kim "fell in love", but whether the bonhomie can move them beyond summit pageantry to substantive progress on eliminating a North Korean nuclear arsenal that threatens the United States is the big question.

Asked during the unprecedented question-and-answer session if he was willing to allow the U.S.to open an office in Pyongyang, Kim said through a translator, "I think that is something which is welcomable".

The June meeting was the first between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader. "I very much appreciate no testing of nuclear rockets, missiles, any of it, very much appreciate it".

"It's actually not a bad idea", Trump said, after the prospect was raised by a reporter. "It has such potential". "We have so far made lots of efforts, and it's time to show them", Kim said.

Trump added that while reaching a lasting agreement was critical, "speed is not important".

Trump said the United States would be able to inspect some North Korean facilities but he did not go into specifics.

The president's schedule on Thursday promised a "joint agreement signing ceremony" but talks wrapped up earlier than expected.

The two men met in Singapore last June in the first-ever summit between a North Korean leader and a sitting United States president.

Kim said on Wednesday the leaders had overcome obstacles to meet a second time and praised Trump for his "courageous decision" to begin a dialogue, adding that he was "confident that there will be an excellent outcome that everyone welcomes".

"He speaks, and people sit up at attention", Trump said a year ago.

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Pompeo told anchor Chris Wallace, "Test, pray, and cower - that's been upended by President Trump".

On Friday, Trump tweeted that the negotiations with Kim were "very substantive" and that "we know what they want and they know what we must have", but he gave no other details about any next steps.

The summit was "pageantry for Trump and brings Kim more credibility on the world stage as a responsible, rational actor", the Stimson Center's David Kim told AFP. There were also huge traffic jams in the already congested streets. He said he had walked away because of unacceptable North Korean demands.

Mr Trump, responding to that, said: "That might be the best answer you've ever heard".

Furthering the spirit of optimism, the leaders seemed to find a point of agreement moments later when Kim was asked if the US may open a liaison office in North Korea.

Given the current situation, not only the agenda has been not selected yet, but also there is no definite will or concept yet for the denuclearization for the second U.S.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said after Trump left Hanoi that North Korea had sought only a partial lifting of sanctions "related to people's livelihoods and unrelated to military sanctions".

Before the summit, Sen.

Speaking to reporters about the possibility of an end-of-war declaration during a Wednesday meeting with Kim, Trump said, "We'll see".

Washington had previously said that North Korea had to unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons before there could be any sanctions relief. "Unbelievable. Unlimited", the president told Kim, who's ordered the deaths of his uncle and half brother, along with engaging in extermination, murder, mass imprisonment, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, and other crimes.

The two leaders resumed talks on Thursday with both expressing hope for progress on improving relations and on denuclearisation.

South Korea regretted that the talks had not resulted in a deal but said "meaningful progress" had been made.

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