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.
Eight days after canceling the unprecedented summit, citing Pyongyang's "open hostility", Trump welcomed North Korea's former intelligence chief, now under punitive USA sanctions, to the White House Oval Office, afterward exchanging smiles and handshakes, patting his arm in a friendly gesture.
President Trump should insist that any summit result not only in the complete and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea, but also, in the closure of all political prison camps in the country and in the complete and verifiable release of all of its political prisoners.
Canada, Mexico and the European Union tried to talk Trump out of using an economic weapon, tariffs, on imported steel and aluminum. The tariffs took effect early yesterday. NPR's Scott Horsley is at the White House.
SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Good morning. "They want to develop as a country", Trump said. An estimated 10 million North Koreans or 40 percent of the population need humanitarian assistance, Sy said. But he tamped down expectations that one meeting will be enough to solve all the problems between the two nations. 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. But he said that "we probably will, and maybe in great detail", during the June 12 summit.
Trump says "we had hundreds of new sanctions ready to go". So we're going to help in the process. "We're going to make sure when this is over, it's over". I don't say and I've never said it happens in one meeting.
"We're going to deal", Trump told reporters moments after the meeting ended.
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He has denied threatening to blackmail her and his attorneys noted the alleged photograph has never been produced. "I can not allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the people I love", Greitens said.
South Koreans' attitude toward Trump and Kim vastly improved compared to previous polls.
HORSLEY: Yes, although here, too, the president has dialed down his rhetoric just a bit.
In the latest sign of hostility cooling down but hopes kept in check, Trump said he's unilaterally put a hold on new sanctions against the North "until the talks break down".
"It seems as if the road to a North Korea-U.S. summit has become enhanced and expanded", Kim Eui-kyeom, a Seoul government spokesperson, said in a statement hours after Trump had made his announcement.
"We've had lots of conversations around that", he said. "It's really a get-to-know-you kind of a situation", Trump said at an impromptu press conference with the White House pool soon after the North Korean envoy left.
"I think it'll be a process". But that's their neighborhood.
A photo showed a grinning Trump holding up the envelope alongside Kim Yong Chol, the most senior North Korean to visit the White House in 18 years, as they posed in the Oval Office in front of a portrait of Thomas Jefferson. The U.N. General Assembly recommended that the U.N. Security Council refer the multiple violations of human rights in North Korea by the regime to the International Criminal Court.