North Korea delegation takes letter to US President Donald Trump

North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol arrives at a hotel in New York U.S

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The White House sent out a release later Friday that said Trump, who had just left for his retreat at Camp David, Md., had read the letter.

Plans for the high-stakes sit-down in Singapore had been cast into doubt. "It doesn't mean it gets all done at one meeting".

The visit marks the second time in history a North Korean official has visited the White House.

When asked about the potential Trump-Kim meeting, Ri replied: "Go fly to Singapore to ask that question".

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Kim Yong-chol is a close aide of Kim Jong-un and is vice chairman of the ruling Workers Party's central committee. This time, Trump did not greet his visitor in person, leaving that task to his chief of staff John Kelly and a top Central Intelligence Agency official. -South Korea military drills and is also demanding the return of 12 North Korean restaurant workers who arrived in the South in 2016.

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. Is Trump prepared to life sanctions as a show of good faith to make that happen? "They want to develop as a country", Trump said. General Kim Yong-Chol landed in the United States the mid-afternoon of Wednesday on board an Air China flight from the Chinese capital of Beijing.

Kim Yong Chol's trip to Washington was clearly a response to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's travelling to Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, twice in recent weeks for pre-summit negotiations with Kim.

"It will be a beginning", Trump said of the summit, which aims to pave the way toward eliminating North Korea's nuclear program. One year ago, just 9 per cent of South Koreans approved of the new USA president, largely because they didn't know what to expect from the political newcomer, analysts say.

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According to KCNA, Kim Jong-un and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov came to an agreement in Pyongyang. "I'm confident we're moving in the right direction".

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 United States.

Trump views a summit as a legacy-defining opportunity to make a nuclear deal.

Kim Yong Chol, who is making his first United States visit, is the most senior North Korean on USA soil since Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok met then-president Bill Clinton in 2000. He has undertaken a flurry of diplomatic activity recently, meeting China's president in May, and is expected to attend a summit with Donald Trump this month. It was an effort that ultimately failed as Clinton's time in office ran out, and relations turned sour again after George W. Bush took office in early 2001 with a tough policy on the North.

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North Korea then issued an unusually conciliatory response to Trump's letter, with senior diplomat Kim Kye Gwan saying in a statement that Pyongyang had "highly appreciated" Trump's willingness to hold a summit, calling it a "bold decision, which any other USA presidents dared not". He was granted special permission to travel outside the NY area in order to meet with the president.

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