North Korean official Kim Yong Chol arrived at the White House Friday to deliver a letter from leader Kim Jong-un to the president of the United States in response to the cancellation of the June 12 summit in Singapore.
On May 24, the U.S. president sent the North Korean leader a letter that called for the cancellation of the planned summit between the two countries which was set to take place June 12 in Singapore.
Friday, former spy leader Kim Yong Chol delivered a response to the U.S. president which reportedly requested that the two countries move forward with the meeting.
In response, the president of the U.S. declared that the meeting is officially back on.
The president and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the former spy leader for roughly an hour and a half, after which the president posed for photos with members of the North Korean delegation.
No such exchange has taken place between North Korean officials and a U.S. president since late 2000 when former President Bill Clinton hosted an envoy from Kim Jong-un’s father.
Given the immense complexity of the issues at hand as well as the two countries’ rather dichotomous views on how the process should go, it seems somewhat unlikely that all of the necessary logistics will be finalized in time for the meeting, which is now less than two weeks away.
And, given the U.S. president’s capriciousness, it may be that he cancels the meeting again rather than do his due diligence by getting prepared.
It should also be noted that the letter sent by the North Koreans was contained in an excessively large envelope — many think it was done purposely to mock the president’s infamously small hands.
If he manages to figure out the insult, that alone could derail the talks all over again.
Either way, Iron Triangle Press will continue to cover this story.
To read our coverage of the president’s erstwhile decision to cancel the summit, click here.