Trump Receives Letter from Kim Jong Un

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They were spotted by reporters walking along the Colonnade toward the West Wing, where the group escorted Kim into the Oval Office.

President Donald Trump said Friday he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore, a summit he previously canceled in a letter.

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.

He and Pompeo shook hands shortly after 9:00 am (1300 GMT) and began their talks over breakfast, with four people on each side.

FILE - South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their summit at the truce village of Panmunjom, North Korea, May 27, 2018.

As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks in a NY apartment with the North Korean leader's right-hand man, Kim Yong Chol, back in Washington Trump expressed optimism.

"I don't even want to use the term "maximum pressure" anymore", Trump added, referencing his preferred term for the punishing US economic sanctions against North Korea.

"China is a major party concerned with the Korean Peninsula issues, and will continue to play a suitable role as a signatory to the Armistice Agreement", Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in response to a question from Yonhap News Agency. United States officials had previously insisted that the North Koreans would have to be ready to surrender their nuclear arsenal at the meeting.

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But he warned that North Korea must choose a path "fundamentally different" to the one it had been on for decades, adding that Pyongyang was "contemplating a strategic shift" and that talks to prepare for the leaders' summit were going well.

"A letter is going to be delivered to me from Kim Jong Un".

"Through these series of meetings, I'm confident we're moving in the right direction".

Kim Yong Chol arrived in NY on Wednesday for talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "We're meeting with the Chairman on June 12".

Mr Trump says after an Oval Office meeting today with North Korean politician Kim Yong Chol that he'd be making a mistake not to go forward with the on-again, off-again nuclear summit in Singapore.

"I think it will be very positive", he added. "He has deliberately sabotaged the talks over the last two weeks & was setting us up to take the blame". The Russian diplomat cautioned that the ultimate goal of Korean denuclearization can not be reached as long as sanctions against Pyongyang are in place.

Meanwhile, North and South Korean officials continue their dialogue on Friday at the border village of Panmunjom.

The last time a North Korean official visited the White House was in 2000, when then-Vice Marshal Jo Yong-rok met President Bill Clinton and US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

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