President Donald Trump's chaotic brand of internation diplomacy was back on display Friday afternoon as he announced-following an Oval Office meeting with a high-ranking North Korean official-that a summit he cancelled earlier this month between the two countries is now back on track.
The pre-summit talks between Washington and Pyongyang were resumed shortly after Trump called off his meeting with Kim, meaning the talks are aimed at deciding the very fate of the scheduled summit, which, in turn, apparently suggests they may also include discussions on whether Moon's presence will be needed.
North Korea's flurry of diplomatic activity following a torrid run in nuclear weapons and missile tests in 2017 suggests that Kim is eager for sanctions relief to build his economy and the worldwide legitimacy the summit with Trump would provide.
The opening of a letter from North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, which was hand-delivered by his top aide, Kim Yong-chol, to the president, is vintage Trump.
Kim Yong Chol arrived in Washington from NY, where he met with Pompeo on preparations for the planned June 12 encounter between the U.S. and North Korean leaders in Singapore.
After a almost 80-minute-long meeting in the Oval Office, Trump, Pompeo, and Kim Yong Chol posed for a photo opp. Kim is likely to receive a proposal that he would have to refuse on June 12, which would prompt a reaction from Washington, Glazebrook added.
In some ways, the open-ended picture Trump painted on Friday was a confirmation of what many analysts had long speculated - that he didn't have a concrete plan in mind when he initially agreed to the summit in March, a spur of the moment decision made without consulting his senior advisers.
Yet he also said a news conference that hard work remains including hurdles that may appear to be insurmountable as negotiations progress on the US demand for North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.
One started North Korea's nuclear program, the other refused to give it up.
The two men met for 45 minutes and Jo brought Clinton a letter from Kim Jong-il, the late father of North Korea's current leader.
Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol met at a USA government-leased apartment near the United Nations.
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While South Korea has always been in favor of a trilateral summit, the USA hasn't so willing, according to Mintaro Oba, a former State Department diplomat involved in Korean affairs.
The White House emphasized that it has remained in close contact with South Korean and Japanese officials as preparations for the talks continue.
But pressed further about the content of the letter, Mr. Trump admitted he hasn't opened the letter yet, and said he could be in for a "surprise".
Lavrov passed greetings from Russian President Vladimir Putin to Kim, saying he wished him success in the "major undertakings that have been initiated on the Korean peninsula", the ministry said in a statement. He was greeted by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Andrew Kim, a CIA official in charge of the agency's Korea Mission Center.
Lavrov was the first Russian official to meet with Kim this year.
The Russian PM said: "It is absolutely obvious that, as we start discussions on how to resolve the nuclear problem on the Korean Peninsula, it is understood that the solution can not be comprehensive without the lifting of sanctions".
Pompeo also said he had a "working dinner" with Kim Yong Chol, adding that their menu included steak, corn, and cheese.
"Kim Jong Un said that the DPRK´s will for denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula still remains unchanged and consistent and fixed", KCNA reported after their meeting in Pyongyang on Thursday.
North Korea, whose nuclear ambitions have been a source of tension for decades, has made advances in missile technology in recent years but Trump has sworn not to allow it to develop nuclear missiles that could hit the United States.
"Good working dinner with Kim Yong Chol in NY tonight", Pompeo tweeted after the dinner, along with photos of them shaking hands and clinking glasses over the table.