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US-North Korea Summit back on after Kim’s letter to Trump

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US-North Korea Summit back on after Kim's letter to Trump

President Donald Trump will now meet Kim Jong-un at the Korea summit in Singapore on June 12, the US president has announced after receiving an unusually large letter from the Korean Leader.

The announcement comes after Trump’s meeting with former North Korean spy chief Kim Yong Chol — who hand-delivered the special document in a humongous envelope in the Oval Office on Friday. The meeting lasted for about one-and-half hours and may have concluded on a good note as Trump dispatched Yong Chol — the highest-level North Korean official to visit the US in 18 years — with a smile and handshake.

Trump told news men afterwards that he would not increase sanctions on North Korea and has also decided to drop the term “maximum pressure” — the international sanctions regimen designed to squeeze North Korea.

The US President seemed not be bothered about the contents of  letter from Kim Jong-un having sounded a conciliatory note about the possibilities of reaching a deal with the North. Trump indicated that harsh statements from the Pyongyang lampooning Vice President Mike Pence and threatening nuclear war were a thing of the past.

“I think we’re over that, totally over that, and now we’re going to deal and we’re going to really start a process,”

Donald Trump said with optimism on the South Lawn as he sent off the North Korean envoy, Kim Yong Chol, after the one-and-half-hour-long meeting.

“We’re meeting with the chairman on June 12 and I think it’s probably going to be a very successful — ultimately a successful process,” he said.

President Donald Trump announced only a week ago in a letter released by the White House he will no longer attend the June 12 historic diplomatic summit where he was scheduled to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The reasons for the Trump’s withdrawal was not disclosed but this was after a North Korean vice minister of foreign affairs slammed Vice President Mike Pence as a “political dummy.” The Trump Administration were angered by the statement and so decided to respond forcefully.

He said at the time that the decision amounted to a “tremendous setback” and warned North Korea that the US military was ready to act should Pyongyang take any “foolish and reckless” action.

“Our military, which is by far the most powerful anywhere in the world that has been greatly enhanced recently as we all know, is ready as necessary,” Trump said.

Trump, however, left open the door to renewing the diplomatic row which had preceded the anticipated talks.

“If and when Kim Jong Un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions, I am waiting,” he said.

In the White House letter, Trump did not mince words and was straight-forward with his intentions to boycott the much anticipated summit.

“I was very much looking forward to being there with you. Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote. “Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place.”

The cancellation came as a shock to South Korea who had no prior clue, and also at the same time that the North had destroyed parts of its nuclear enrichment sites in the full glare of the world, which was witnessed by a group of journalists from several western media houses.

Though the scrapping of the summit signaled resumption of hostilities between the two nations which was evident in parts of Trump’s letter and his speech afterwards, the room left was still enough for Mr Jong-un to extend an olive branch and make direct talks with Trump possible.

“You talk about your nuclear capabilities,”……”but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used”….. “felt a wonderful dialogue was building up between you and me,” Trump wrote in his letter to Kim.

US-North Korea Summit back on after Kim’s letter to Trump

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