Kim Yong Chol was allowed into the United States despite being on a US sanctions list, and granted special permission to travel outside the NY area to meet with the president.
Liberals in South Korea seek more engagement and dialogue with North Korea and are hopeful of Trump's pursuit of a meeting with Kim - despite the brief hiccup last week when he cancelled it. He also said it was likely that more than one meeting would be necessary. "Meetings are now taking place concerning Summit, and more", Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. It went very well.
Ahead of the meeting, top-level United States officials had not read the missive from Kim to Trump, but were aware generally of its contents, a person familiar with the matter said.
The point person for USA preparations, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, met with Kim Yong Chol, a top adviser to Kim Jong Un and vice chairman of the Central Committee Wednesday. Trump acknowledged that denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula was going to be a long process.
"I didn't open it in front of the director", Trump explained on the South Lawn.
The U.S. faces a tall order in getting North Korea to surrender all of its nuclear weapons programs. And they want other things along the line. For the North, that was a deeply provocative comparison, because Libyan autocrat Moammar Gadhafi was killed following USA -supported military action in his country about seven years after giving up his fledgling nuclear program.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly walks with North Korean Kim Yong Chol to the White House on June 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. And then the president told the assembled reporters, pack your bags; we're going to Singapore after all. Without us, it wouldn't happen.
"We will see you on June 12", Trump said. "So I look forward to seeing what's in the letter". "We will see what we will see".
"It will be a beginning". You're talking about years of hostility, years of problems, years of really hatred between so many different nations.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: It'll be a beginning. And he was ostensibly there mainly to deliver a letter to the president from Kim Jong Un. "My letter was a response to their letter. It is ultimately going to be a successful process", Trump said. What was in the "very nice" letter? "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", the message says.
"We talked about nearly everything".
Trump has declined to publicly acknowledge whether he's spoken directly with Kim Jong Un ahead of the talks. "I do think so". But he said he would not remove current sanctions until the North took steps to denuclearize. But the sanctions are very powerful.
Summit talks are "moving in the right direction", Pompeo said, though he added that the United States will insist on complete and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea's weapons programs - a demand Kim's government has balked at. Separately, North and South Korea have also been talking about having talks of their own on reuniting families separated by the Korean War.
However, his comments were the most positive from any USA official since the meeting was axed last week after belligerent statements from the North. "If it's a negative meeting, I'm not happy", he said.
"We talked about ending the war". And there is a possibility of something like that. "It is very important to them". He and Pompeo had discussions over dinner of steak, corn and cheese on Wednesday, Pompeo said in an earlier tweet.
When receiving credentials from DPRK Ambassador Mun Jong Nam on May 30 in Damascus, Assad said Syria cherishes "the cornerstone of the historic relations between the two countries laid by President Kim Il Sung and former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad". But Sergey Lavrov's visit suggests Russian Federation wants to make sure it is informed of North Korea's intentions and is mindful of Moscow's concerns. They warned that the idea of shipping the North's nuclear weapons out of the country was "naive and unsafe".