Trump’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is now back on

Trump’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is now back on

Trump’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is now back on

President Donald Trump said Friday he had a "very good meeting" with Kim Yong Chol, the envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the country's top nuclear negotiator. This state visit marks the highest level visit from Pyongyang to the United States in 18 years. "I said, 'Would you want me to open it?' He said, 'You can read it later.'" He later added, "I may be in for a big surprise, folks".

Trump had responded to North Korea's ballistic missile tests with his "maximum pressure" campaign, leading to sanctions and fiery rhetoric.

Prior to Friday's meeting, Kim Yong Chol met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York City on Wednesday and Thursday.

The White House has said preparations for a meeting were going ahead.

Last week, when he called off the summit scheduled to be held in Singapore on June 12, Trump had urged Kim to "call me or write" if he had a change of heart.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis walks to the rosthrum to delivers his speech during the first plenary session of the 17th Asian Security Summit of the IISS ShangriLa Dialogue in Singapore on June 2, 2018. The president even said he's contemplating two or three meetings with Kim Jong Un if everything goes well and there is more progress to be made.

North Korea's flurry of diplomatic activity following a torrid run in nuclear weapons and missile tests in 2017 suggests that Kim is eager for sanctions relief to build his economy and the worldwide legitimacy the summit with Trump would provide. "We can go fast; we can go slowly". The president and the North Korean delegates then posed for group photographs. In one account, a former chef detailed how Kim "gorged on steak, cheese and two bottles of Cristal champagne in one sitting".

Others wondered, will Trump reciprocate with an equally large letter?

Kim said even after learning these details, it's hard to expect what the results of the summit could be.

"I think the president needs to work out along with his team what he should say, what he should not say and what some of the benefits he can offer for Kim", said Pak.

He said that the meeting could bring an end to the conflict between North and South Korea.

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