"Can you believe we're talking about the ending of the Korean War?"
The presidential office flatly denied the report, saying the official's trip to Singapore "has nothing to do with the North Korea-US summit or a South Korea-North Korea-US summit".
"We will discuss ways to implement expediently and smoothly agreements reached by the two leaders", the South's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon told journalists before leaving for Panmunjom for the talks.
On Friday, Mr Mattis said the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea remains the objective of the U.S. and the global community. In sentences that were printed on White House stationery, Trump, in an uncharacteristically warm and congenial tone, said he was canceling the summit because of North Korea's harsh comments about USA officials. The big question is what happens if Trump refuses to accept anything less.
Trump spoke to reporters after his White House meeting with North Korea's former spy chief and top official Kim Yong Chol.
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Invoking the possibility of a secure and prosperous future, Mr. Pompeo made clear that the United States is looking for the "complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", a formulation to which North Korea has yet to agree. "I think it'll be a process".
The Oval Office talks and letter delivery came only a week after Trump threatened to consign the entire process to history, abruptly cancelling the summit in a sharply worded letter, only to revive preparations shortly afterwards.
The envoy, Gen Kim Yong-chol, hand-delivered a letter from the North Korean leader to President Trump. And if the United States grants this wish without getting a good deal in return, it could send both parties back to the brink of nuclear war. "The relationships are building and that's a very positive". 'We'll be in Singapore.
Trump is expected to receive the letter from a senior North Korean official, Kim Yong Chol, who is traveling to Washington. Trump said he told the envoy North Korea can take its time, since he does not want to impose new sanctions until the North Korean regime forces him to. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tweeted after Trump announced the cancellation of the meeting.
An advance team, led by deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin, has held meetings with the North Korean team in Singapore this week.