Despite Trump's ongoing and weird behavior when it comes to diplomacy with North Korea, anti-war voices and experts on the Korean peninsula voiced support for the announcement that the talks appeared to be back on track.
"We had hundreds of new sanctions ready to go", he said, but that they wouldn't be imposed "until the talks break down". "He has deliberately sabotaged the talks over the last two weeks & was setting us up to take the blame".
As NPR's Lucian Kim reports from Moscow, Lavrov passed on "warmest regards" from Putin as he invited Kim to visit Russian Federation.
US President Donald Trump said on Friday (Jun 1) he will meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un as originally scheduled on Jun 12 for a historic summit after extraordinary Oval Office talks with a top envoy from Pyongyang.
Kim's letter, to be delivered by Kim Yong Chol, an infamous and sanctioned North Korean official, could have served as an inflection point in the decision-making process.
"We're not going to go in and sign something on June 12". There has been a flurry of diplomatic efforts in the past few days to get it back on track.
Trump has sworn not to allow it to develop nuclear missiles that could hit the United States.
"I look forward to the day I can take the sanctions off North Korea", Trump added.
Despite the upbeat messaging in the United States, Kim Jong Un, in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister on Thursday, complained about the USA trying to spread its influence in the region, a comment that may complicate the summit.
After the meeting, which lasted more than an hour, Trump walked Kim out of the White House.
He snubbed France, Germany and Britain by pulling out of a nuclear agreement with Iran and upset the Europeans, as well as neighbors Canada and Mexico, with protectionist trade policies meant to safeguard U.S.jobs.
Kim Yong Chol, the highest-level North Korean official to visit the United States in 18 years, plans to travel to Washington to convey a personal letter by Kim Jong Un to Trump.
In Seoul, US negotiators on Friday expressed optimism after meeting their North Korean counterparts for preparatory talks at Panmunjom, on the fortified border between the two Koreas.
Kim's right hand man General Kim Yong Chol flew into NY on Wednesday to discuss preparations for the assembly.
In Pyongyang, Kim said his will to see denuclearisation on the peninsula remained "unchanged, consistent and fixed" and hoped improved North Korea-US relations would be solved on a "stage-by-stage" basis.
Both sides have committed themselves to the "denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula, but it is far from clear if Trump's mission to secure Pyongyang's complete disarmament can be aligned with Kim's quest to win worldwide respect and protection.
He was likely granted a temporary waiver to travel to NY, and further approval would be required to travel to Washington. Meanwhile, discussions between United States and North Korean officials continue in Singapore and in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.
The ultimate goal is to convince North Korea to denuclearize. US teams also met with North Korean delegations in Singapore and the Korean demilitarized zone.