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The White House believes that next month's summit between President Trump and North Korean Kim Jong-un in Singapore is still happening. A statement from Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed that the administration "continues to actively prepare" for the meeting after North Korean officials "have been engaging" after Trump's letter last week effectively cancelling it.

What's happening: The statement also confirms that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with Kim Yong-chol, the vice chairman of North Korea's Central Committee, in New York this week. Additionally, in the days before his Singapore meeting with Kim, Trump will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House on June 7.

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