US President Donald Trump said Friday he will meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un as originally scheduled on June 12 for a historic summit after extraordinary Oval Office talks with a top envoy from Pyongyang.
"We're going to deal, and we're going to really start a process", Trump said.
When Trump came out, he fielded questions from a gaggle of reporters, including if North Korea's total denuclearization was still on the table.
The video was taken at around the time of North Korea initiating talks with China, South Korea and the U.S.in regards to United Nations led sanctions over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
"It is an ironic and telling deviation from North Korea's insistence on being treated on an 'equal footing, ' " said Scott Snyder, a Korea expert at Council on Foreign Relations.
Lavrov visited the secretive state on Thursday for the first time since 2009 ahead of the June 12 summit between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader in Singapore.
Any payment for North Korean's accommodations would run afoul of Treasury Department sanctions, said Elizabeth Rosenberg, a former Treasury official.
Trump said one possible outcome of the summit might be an end to the Korean War.
"We're going to deal", Trump told reporters after Kim left. He also added that he had not yet read the letter Kim had been dispatched to deliver, saying "I could be in for a big surprise, folks".
Pence echoed national security adviser John Bolton, who compared Washington's approach to North Korea to the US strategy toward Libya, which forfeited its weapons of mass destruction program in 2003, only to be rocked by a 2011 rebellion backed by the USA -led NATO Western military alliance.
Kim Yong Chol was spotted leaving his hotel in New York City early Friday for the trip to Washington in a convoy of SUVs.
North Korea made a similar gesture with its neighbor to the south in February, during the Winter Olympics. North Korea's conciliatory response to that letter appears to have put the summit back on track.
Kim's arrival in Washington - in a small caravan of SUV's from NY - came a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that he was confident negotiations with Pyongyang were "moving in the right direction".
Trump had called off plans for a summit in a letter to Kim on May 24, complaining of "the tremendous anger and open hostility" in comments from North Korea.
Despite the upbeat messaging in the United States, Kim Jong Un, in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister on Thursday, complained about the US trying to spread its influence in the region, a comment that may complicate the summit. Despite Kim's apparent eagerness for a summit with Trump, there are lingering doubts about whether he will fully relinquish his nuclear weapons, which he may see as his only guarantee of survival.
Kim Yong Chul, who till now was under United States sanctions, is likely to stay in the country till tomorrow.