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US Democrats on Monday urged President Donald Trump not to squander the "historic" opportunity of a face-to-face summit with North Korea's leader, as the lawmakers opposed any easing of sanctions without complete and verifiable denuclearization.

The leaders of North Korea and the US may have multiple meetings to discuss Pyongyang's denuclearization, after the White House called the planned June 12 summit the "first meeting", indicating the nuclear disarmament talks may take some time to be concluded.

Bolton ruffled some feathers in April by speculating that the Trump administration was "looking at the Libya model of 2003, 2004" as part of potential negotiations with North Korea. "So for North Korea, for a tiny country which is technically still at war with the United States, for their leader to sit down with a president is huge deal", Jean H. Lee, a North Korea expert at the US-based Wilson Center, told CNN.

The Washington Post earlier published an article suggesting that North Korea allegedly wants another country to pay for Kim Jong-un's stay in the luxurious Fullerton Hotel, where the price for a suite can reach $6,000 per night. Former President Jimmy Carter met with Kim Il Sung, Kim's grandfather, in 1994, while former President Bill Clinton met Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, after he left office in 2009. A friendly North Korea may help the U.S. reduce its military bill on the peninsula while still being in a position to keep an eye on China. Trump says the goal for the summit is denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

For Kim, recognition of his rule and nuclear power status of North Korea is the prime objective.

In April, Rodman took credit for helping Kim to understand Trump, telling TMZ he gave the dictator a copy of "Trump: The Art of the Deal" previous year.

Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of North Korea's Workers' Party's Central Committee, walks into Beijing Capital International Airport on Monday to board a Koryo Airline bound for Pyongyang. Senior leaders who have served under both Kims may be reluctant to embrace peace at the expense of the nation's fledgling nuclear arsenal.

Russian Federation said it did not want to interfere in the diplomatic efforts of the US. "This is not blackmail but reality".

"I think it's going to be a process", he said, following his meeting with Kim Yong-chol.

This combined file photo shows Sung Kim (L), U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, and North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui.

While removing economic sanctions and enhancing cooperation may not be an issue of conflict between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, this will hinge on the progress on the contrasting views on the nuclear question.

But the North has given no clear hints about how far it could go toward meeting USA demands to dismantle its nuclear program.

Some analysts said Kim was replacing older officers who were wedded to the country's nuclear doctrine with loyalists who would follow any changes he may make following the summit.

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