Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

NSA John Bolton Held Out of North Korea Talks by White House

NSA John Bolton Held Out of North Korea Talks by White House

"I can tell you the president has been receiving daily briefings on North Korea from his national security team", said Sanders. "The White House has spoken to this as well", said the spokesperson.

A US State Department spokeswoman has reportedly confirmed that the United States will not cover North Korea's expenses during next week's historic summit between the two countries, making it more likely than ever that Singaporean taxpayers will be footing the bill. South Korean intelligence has been unable to ascertain the fate of his predecessor, Pak Yong-sik, The Korea Herald reported.

Rodman's relationship with Kim dates back to 2013, when Rodman first traveled to North Korea for the filming of the Vice documentary film "Basketball Diplomacy".

Trump met last week at the White House with Kim Jong Un's top deputy, Kim Yong Chol, who delivered a letter from the North Korean leader.

That is certainly the case for the Capella Hotel in Singapore, which was chosen as the location for talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Sanders said Monday the meeting will take place at 9 am local time on June 12 (9 pm ET on June 11).

On Friday Trump appeared to play down the expectations, saying the unprecedented summit between the two countries will be the beginning of a process.

North Korea defends its nuclear and missile programs as a deterrent against perceived US aggression.

Singapore authorities on Tuesday marked out a part of the island surrounding the Capella Hotel a special security zone on the days around the June 12 summit.

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders made the announcement during a regular press briefing, adding that significant progress had been made in discussions between US representative and their North Korean counterparts.

Meanwhile, Kim Chang Son, who is often referred to as Kim's "butler" and led the pre-summit talks with the US delegation in Singapore, flew from there to Beijing on Wednesday.

There have been fears that tensions will burst over into full-out war between North Korea and its western allies.

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