Pushing The Envelope? Kim Jong Un’s Massive Letter To Trump

Jun 03, 2018, 21:27
Pushing The Envelope? Kim Jong Un’s Massive Letter To Trump

USA officials said the letter from Kim to Trump may not clear up all the questions about the agenda, but may bring the planned Singapore meeting a step closer. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has received Russian top diplomat Sergey Lavrov who arrived in Pyongyang for talks on the Korean Peninsula issue, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

But the president downplayed expectations for a quick deal on Pyongyang giving up its nuclear weapons, saying such an agreement won't be signed in Singapore, and the meeting will serve as the start of a process. It went very well. You know, I think that answers are still not clear.

"They basically agreed to establish a liaison office in the North Korean border town of Kaesong".

Trump even backed away from the words "maximum pressure" that his administration had used to describe its approach to North Korea, combining the toughest-ever United States and worldwide economic sanctions with diplomatic actions and the Republican president's military threats and preparations. "I think South Korea will do it".

There was no confirmation on the location for the meeting between Kim and Trump although there are a number of sites in Singapore that can guarantee security protection, including hotels that have experience hosting high-security events, local media and a Singapore government official said. "But I think you're going to have a very positive result in the end".

The summit was first canceled by Trump on May 24 after North Korea's foreign secretary branded US Vice President Mike Pence 'stupid'. The North Korean envoy hand-delivered a letter to Trump from the North Korean leader, after a day of talks in NY with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo previously traveled to North Korea and met with Kim Jong Un twice, in April and May. For the cash-strapped nation, the answer may not be North Korea.

The Fullerton was North Korea's lodging of choice, the Washington Post said.

With relations thawing, the U.S. has pledged to help rebuild North Korea's economy if it agrees to give up its nuclear weapons. "And that in the coming weeks and months, we will have the opportunity to test whether or not this is the case", he said. The US leader said the missive was "very nice" - but then admitted he had not yet read it.

In a move that is sure to worry U.S. allies in Japan and South Korea, Trump also said that he and his guest had discussed United States troop numbers on the Korean peninsula. Trump has not yet revealed what was written in the letter, but he sure seemed happy to get it.

The comically large envelope was hand-delivered to Trump by senior North Korean official Kim Yong-chol on Friday, according to CNN.

He wants North Korea to "denuclearize", meaning to get rid of its nuclear arms, in return for relief from economic sanctions but the leadership in Pyongyang is believed to regard nuclear weapons as crucial to its survival and has rejected unilaterally disarming.

Within days, three teams of officials in the U.S., Singapore and the Korean demilitarized zone began meeting on preparations for the summit.

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