White House releases photos of Trump accepting Kim Jong Un's letter

Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

A top aide to Kim Jong Un will make a rare visit to Washington Friday to hand a letter from the North Korean leader to President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after reporting "good progress" in talks between the two sides to revive an on-again, off-again nuclear summit.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday it may take more than one meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to seal a denuclearization deal and that he would like Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear weapons program as quickly as possible under any agreement.

Mr. Trump also revealed that he told North Korean vice chairman Kim Yong-chol that the USA will hold off on imposing more economic sanctions against Pyongyang while they are working towards a denuclearization agreement.

The envoy's visit, the first by a top North Korean official in 18 years, came after two days of meetings with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in NY to lay further groundwork for the summit.

This AP photo shows U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arriving at the venue of his dinner with Kim Yong-chol, a vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, in NY on May 30, 2018.

The president announced the historic Singapore meeting would go ahead just a week after he canceled it, following an hour-long meeting with Kim's right-hand man Kim Yong Chol in the oval office.

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He says, "The process will begin on June 12 in Singapore". He later noted that he had not opened the letter.

Trump wrote in his letter last week that the talks would be "inappropriate" following the "hostility" from North Korea.

South Korea has accused him of masterminding deadly attacks on a South Korean warship and an island in 2010, and U.S. intelligence linked him to a cyber attack on Sony Pictures in 2014.

The visit marks the second time in history a North Korean official has visited the White House.

Agreeing to reopen the summit, based on a meeting about a letter that Trump hasn't read, makes no sense.

Eighteen years ago, then-President Bill Clinton hosted a top North Korean military official in the Oval Office to receive a letter from Kim Jong Un's father - Kim Jong Il.

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Trump's talk of an open-ended process is a jarring shift from the speedy outcome that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other officials demanded in recent days as the summit remained in limbo. This time, Trump did not greet his visitor in person, leaving that task to his chief of staff John Kelly and a top Central Intelligence Agency official.

"Good working dinner with Kim Yong Chol in NY tonight", Pompeo tweeted after the dinner, along with photos of them shaking hands and clinking glasses over the table.

Trump also said that the U.S. would not impose any additional sanctions on North Korea for the time being. Kim is the highest-ranking North Korean official to visit the USA in 18 years.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang during their meeting on Thursday. "That I can tell you".

Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee, was allowed into the United States despite being on a U.S. sanctions list.

He was likely granted a temporary waiver to travel to NY, and further approval would be required to travel to Washington.

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There were reports earlier on Wednesday that South Korean officials were noting "quite significant" differences between the United States and North Korea over denuclearization. A letter being delivered to me from Kim Jong Un.

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