After a week of hard-nosed negotiation, diplomatic gamesmanship and no shortage of theatrics, President Donald Trump announced Friday that the historic nuclear-weapons summit he had canceled with North Korea's Kim Jong Un is back on.
While admitting that dealing with North Korea was "going to be a process", Mr. Trump said he believed that process would ultimately be "successful".
The content of the letter was not immediately known, but according to the Wall Street Journal, Kim Jong-un is believed to have expressed interest in a summit meeting with Trump.
Yet he also said a news conference that hard work remains including hurdles that may appear to be insurmountable as negotiations progress on the USA demand for North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization. "Why would I do that when we're talking so nicely", he said. Meanwhile, discussions between United States and North Korean officials continue in Singapore and in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.
Song Young-moo said: "Just because we have been tricked by North Korea in the past doesn't guarantee that we will be tricked in the future". "Remember what I say: We will see what we will see". The announcement puts back on track a high-risk summit that could be a legacy-defining moment for the American leader, who has matched his unconventional deal-making style with the mercurial Kim government.
He arrived for the meeting accompanied by the senior US officials who have overseen an extraordinary diplomatic opening.
He confirmed that he and Kim did not discuss human rights. Trump read the letter he delivered from his leader after talking to reporters on the South Lawn, but the White House did not disclose what Kim Jong Un wrote.
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After the meeting, Trump posed for photos with Kim Yong Chol outside the Oval Office, and they talked amiably at Kim's black SUV before he was driven away.
Kim Yong Chol was spotted leaving his hotel in New York City early Friday for the trip to Washington in a convoy of SUVs.
Trump had called off the summit late last month, citing North Korea's "tremendous anger and open hostility". Trump's action prompted North Korea to send a conciliatory response the next day seeking to hold the meeting as scheduled, and Trump said he was open to that idea.
Kim Yong Chol, whisked to the Oval Office by White House chief of staff John Kelly, is the most senior North Korean to visit in 18 years, a symbolic sign of easing tensions after fears of war escalated amid North Korean nuclear and missile tests last year.
But Trump said he didn't like that Kim Jong Un had met Thursday in Pyongyang with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Kim Jong Un, however, has indicated he may indeed be willing to end his nuclear program and has already demolished his only known nuclear testing site last week as a gesture that he sought peace with the U.S. That same day, however, Trump canceled the talks after North Korea issued a fiery statement criticizing Vice President Mike Pence for threatening Kim Jong Un's life.
Kim Yong Chul, who till now was under USA sanctions, is likely to stay in the country till tomorrow.