Despite having a border with North Korea and relatively cordial relations that President Vladimir Putin has seemed to want to develop further, Russian Federation has kept a surprisingly low profile as Kim has emerged onto the world stage this year, meeting twice with Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Trump had called it off last week in response to threatening rhetoric from the DPRK.
Trump predicted the upcoming meeting in Singapore would likely be the first of many.
"I'd like to see it done in one meeting", Trump told Reuters. A pair of USA delegations have held talks this week with their North Korean counterparts at the Korean demilitarized zone and in Singapore. The big thing will be on June 12.
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Trump is expected to receive the letter from a senior North Korean official, Kim Yong Chol, who is traveling to Washington.
"We'll lead with June 12, we'll be in Singapore". But North Korea flipped on the USA in May, blasting Trump officials and saying it was reconsidering the summit.
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Since the short-lived boycott threat, diplomats from both countries have conducted an intense flurry of talks, culminating this week when Pompeo sat down in NY with Kim's envoy.
President Trump has spoken of the possibility of winning a Nobel Peace Prize for his negotiations with the North Koreans, and the delivery of the letter moves him closer to the summit and the talks. "It is ultimately going to be a successful process", Trump said immediately after Kim Yong Chol left the White House.
Former U.S. officials who have negotiated with North Korea have cautioned that the Kim family regime has violated past deals aimed at curbing the nation's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Trump said the letter from Kim, hand-delivered by Kim Yong Chol, was "very nice" and "very interesting" - but then said he had not opened it yet.
In the latest sign of hostility cooling down but hopes kept in check, Mr Trump said he's unilaterally put a hold on new sanctions against the North "until the talks break down".
The letter comes as the two countries work to revive a Trump-Kim summit on June 12 in Singapore.
Kim Yong Chol is the most senior North Korean visitor to the United States since Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok visited Washington in 2000 to meet President Bill Clinton.
The letter from Kim Jong Un had to first be inspected by U.S. officials before it was delivered to the president, a White House official confirmed.