Pushing the Envelope: Why Was Kim's Letter for Trump So Big?

Pushing the Envelope: Why Was Kim's Letter for Trump So Big?

Pushing the Envelope: Why Was Kim's Letter for Trump So Big?

It was an extraordinary change in tone from a president who a year ago threatened to rain "fire and fury like the world has never seen" on North Korea because of the threat its nuclear weapons and missiles posed to the United States.

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.

"We talked about it".

The U.S. insists that North Korea must give up all its nuclear weapons before it can shed its pariah status or get any relief from a crushing sanctions regime.

The current rapprochement on the peninsula was triggered by the games, to which the North sent athletes, cheerleaders, and his sister as an envoy.

"We'll see what happens", Trump said on Thursday.

"I am confident we are moving in the right direction", Pompeo told reporters at a news conference in NY after meeting Thursday with former North Korean military intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol.

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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. "I think South Korea will do it".

The comments in Singapore came as Trump confirmed the June 12 talks were officially back on after initially cancelling the summit and days of ambiguity on whether it would be reinstated. "Hey, wouldn't it be wonderful if we walked out and everything was settled all of a sudden from sitting down for a couple of hours", Trump said.

"Our two countries face a pivotal moment in our relationship, and it would be nothing short of tragic to let this opportunity go to waste", Mr Pompeo said in NY after meeting with Mr Kim.

The content of the letter was not immediately apparent, though the Wall Street Journal reported it simply expressed Kim's interest in going ahead with the Singapore summit, and does not change North Korea's negotiating positions. "We're going to continue to shoot for June 12th".

President Donald Trump on Friday declared that his on-and-off summit with Kim was on again.

The two Koreas agreed to hold more meetings throughout this month to carry out the agreements reached between their leaders at the April summit, according to a joint statement released following Friday's talks.

"We will calmly, and with expectation, watch the historic meeting in Singapore".

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