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Trump had been scheduled to meet Kim in Singapore on June 12, but the meeting was thrown into doubt after the U.S. leader said he was cancelling it.

North Korean sources previously told RFA's Korean Service that citizens have been largely unmoved by, if not mistrustful of, state propaganda heralding Kim's diplomatic achievements in the nuclear-armed, sanctions-hit state.

On May 26, Kim had an unannounced meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who is acting as a go-between for the high-stakes summit between the North and the US since the recent breakthrough in détente between Seoul and Pyongyang, to get the summit with Trump back on track. I believe they will be coming down to Washington on Friday. The two planned a "day full of meetings" Thursday, the White House said.

US President Donald Trump announced that he would be "very happy" when he could lift US sanctions against North Korea over the country's nuclear program and missile launches.

Trump announced that Kim Yong Chol was coming to NY for talks with Pompeo in a tweet on Tuesday in which he said he had a "great team" working on the summit. But there are lingering doubts on whether Kim will ever fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as his only guarantee of survival in a region surrounded by enemies.

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The talks finished two hours earlier than expected because they "went well" and "made progress".

Commenting the meeting on Twitter, Mr Pompeo said: "Good working dinner with Kim Yong Chol in NY tonight".

"We did think the detonation would only affect a small part, but many are now saying the explosion's impact was greater than surmised", the source said, adding ordinary North Koreans thought it was "fascinating" foreign reporters flew into the country to witness the dismantlement. Trump's letter, the aides said, was created to pressure the North on the worldwide stage for appearing to have cold feet.

Activist Kim Young-hwan speaks at a symposium on North Korean human rights in Seoul on May 31, 2018. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan on June 7 to coordinate their thinking ahead of the summit. Trump hosted South Korean President Moon Jae-in last week.