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.
Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un would be the first between a USA president and a North Korean leader since the division of the Korean Peninsula after an armistice was signed in July, 1953, following a civil war.
President Donald Trump received what he called a "very nice" letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday.
In a move that is sure to worry U.S. allies in Japan and South Korea, Trump also said that he and his guest had discussed United States troop numbers on the Korean peninsula. "The process will begin on June 12 in Singapore", he said. Under Trump, the USA has led a "maximum pressure" campaign of military drills and strict sanctions against North Korea, which has so far refused to abandon the nuclear weapons it believes are necessary to protect it from a US invasion.
Song Young-moo said: "Just because we have been tricked by North Korea in the past doesn't guarantee that we will be tricked in the future". He also said it was likely that more than one meeting would be necessary.
Kim Yong Chol left his hotel in New York City early Friday for the trip to Washington in a convoy of SUVs. However, his comments were the most positive from any US official since Mr. Trump abruptly canceled the meeting last week after belligerent statements from the North. He added there may even need to be a second or third summit meeting to reach a deal on North Korean denuclearization but still hedged, saying "maybe we'll have none".
Yet he also said a news conference that hard work remains including hurdles that may appear to be insurmountable as negotiations progress on the USA demand for North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization. He also indicated that South Korea, China, and Japan would be prepared to invest in the North to boost its besieged economy.
He added: "I may be in for a big surprise, folks".
On Thursday, Kim Jong Un told Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that his commitment to denuclearization remains "unchanged and consistent and fixed", but experts warn he will seek concessions from Washington. The announcement puts back on track a high-risk summit that could be a legacy-defining moment for the American leader, who has matched his unconventional deal-making style with the mercurial Kim government.
"I purposely didn't open the letter". By the next day, he was signaling the event could be back on after a conciliatory response from North Korea.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seen the Oval Office during a meeting with Kim Yong Chol, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of leader Kim Jong Un's closest aides, at the White House in Washington, Friday, June 1, 2018.
Kim Yong Chul, who till now was under USA sanctions, is likely to stay in the country till tomorrow.