Trump Kim summit officially back on

Casey Dawson
June 3, 2018

If the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un takes place, it will mark the first time that a sitting United States president has legitimized a North Korean leader of that country by treating him as an equal.

But it was the large size of the delivery that got many social media users talking. Leaving the reporters, Trump noted that he hadn't yet read the letter, though he'd said minutes earlier that it was very "interesting". I think it's going to be a process. Nothing will be signed on June 12, Trump said.

While admitting that dealing with North Korea was "going to be a process", Trump said he believed that process would ultimately be "successful". Because of the directness and weight of formality they provide, Kim might see personal letters as an important way to communicate with leaders of countries the North never had close ties with, Koh said.

According to KCNA, Mr Assad said: "The world welcomes the remarkable events in the Korean Peninsula brought about recently by the outstanding political calibre and wise leadership of Kim Jong Un". Syria opened its mission in Pyongyang in 1969.

According to the USA president, he doesn't want to use the term "maximum pressure" regarding Washington's stance toward North Korea anymore. "I think a little advice to Kim Jong Un" is in order, Bossert said. Either way, Trump announced that the previously cancelled June 12 summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore has now been revived.

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It was an extraordinary change in tone from a president who previous year threatened to rain "fire and fury like the world has never seen" on North Korea because of the threat its nuclear weapons and missiles posed to the US. Kim's letter to Trump on Friday will probably borrow much of the language from the statement of his vice foreign minister, said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University.

In 2015, then-US director of national intelligence James Clapper described Kim Yong Chol as "the guy who ultimately would have to okay the cyber attack against Sony" in 2014. "So the idea is helpful in easing North Koreans' jitters and encouraging them to do more on denuclearization". "I think it is good for Kim Yong Chol and President Trump to have a lengthy conversation, and at the end of the day, after the talks, Trump made a suggestion that the summit might be back on track".

But Kim has also conducted his own parallel outreach - holding two meetings with South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, and sending envoys to meet with teams from the South on other initiatives such as possible gatherings for families separated by the Korean War more than 60 years ago.

It remains unclear whether North Korean Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok was carrying a letter from the late Kim Jong Il, the second North Korean leader, when he visited former President Bill Clinton at the White House in 2000.

"Just a thought here, we've all given advice to President Trump".

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