Pushing The Envelope: Why Was Kim's Letter for Trump so Big?

Jun 03, 2018, 21:02
Pushing The Envelope: Why Was Kim's Letter for Trump so Big?

Friday's meeting between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Yong Chol revealed to Kim Jong Un that President Trump means business and is a "much tougher guy" in negotiations than he had believed, according to Gingrich. Likewise, Kim's letter to Trump would have been a reciprocal response to Trump's own letter to Kim on May 24 that temporarily shelved the highly anticipated meeting, Yang says.

"We'll be meeting June 12 in Singapore. Because, if the nuclear talks go well, I think the natural, sort of logical step we can expect is there might be some type of dialogue for normalizing relations, or at least improving ties between Washington and Pyongyang, and in the process, I think the North Korean human rights issue will be raised".

Kim Yong Chol delivered a personal letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump.

They (North Korea) want it.

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 USA and worldwide economic sanctions with diplomatic actions and the Republican president's military threats and preparations.

"We're getting along, so it's not a question of maximum pressure", he said. "At some point, hopefully. for the good of millions of people, a deal will be worked out".

Has Trump again confirmed the meeting?

"And hopefully we'll have a meeting on the 12th", he added.

The report comes as global attention is focused on a summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.

While the actual letter was not seen publicly, North Korean vice chairman Kim Yong Chol presented Trump with a symbolic, oversized novelty envelope, and the two men took a picture with it in the Oval Office. It reportedly contained a letter personally written by Kim Jong-un to Trump, and although its contents are unknown, the size of the packaging was in itself remarkable. In the meantime, North Korea should keep its moratorium on nuclear and ICBM tests, Cho said.

A senior member of Trump's Republican Party sounded a note of caution.

It said Mr Assad made the comments on Wednesday while receiving diplomatic credential documents from North Korean ambassador Mun Jong Nam.

When it comes to paying for lodging at North Korea's preferred 5-star luxury hotel, the United States is open to covering the costs, the two people said, but it's mindful that Pyongyang may view a USA payment as insulting.

"Even if North Korea decides to surrender its nuclear weapons, the process would take years".

Both sides have committed themselves to the "denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula, but it is far from clear if Trump's mission to secure Pyongyang's complete disarmament can be aligned with Kim's quest to win worldwide respect and protection. Referring to the Lavrov meeting, Trump said he "didn't like it". "I think we're over that, totally over that", Trump said on Friday. We think it's important.