A top North Korean official is traveling to NY for talks aimed at reviving plans for a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the White House announced Tuesday, saying it continued to "actively prepare" for the summit, according to Politico.
Aside from the online furor over Trump lying to the press, again, some people just couldn't get over the size of the letter from the North Korean envoy.
"They want to develop as a country", Trump said of the topics discussed with Kim Yong Chol.
Trump later said he has not yet read the letter, instead focusing on his discussion with Kim Yong Chol.
The breakthrough announced after a almost 2-hour meeting at the White House between Trump and Kim Yong-Chol, one of North Korea's most senior officials, the highest-level talks between the 2 countries in 18 years.
Former four-star general and chairman of the Institute for the Study of War Jack Keane told Fox News that Trump would not engage in game-playing with his North Korean counterpart over their Singapore summit.
Kim Yong Chol left his hotel in New York City early on Friday for the trip to Washington in a convoy of vehicles. The meeting was expected to be much shorter.
"It went very well", President Trump told reporters on the White House lawn. "I purposely didn't open the letter", said Trump minutes after claiming the letter was "very nice" and "very interesting". "Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place".
"We will push forward to test the proposition that we can achieve that outcome", he said. I never said it goes in one meeting.
Trump cancelled the on-off North Korea summit in late May, blaming the country's "tremendous anger and open hostility".
Others wondered, will Trump reciprocate with an equally large letter?
"But the tough one is really drilling down into what they mean by denuclearisation".
Previous attempts at nuclear diplomacy with the North by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush fell apart.