Trump announces summit with North Korea is back on

Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol meet with delegations from the U.S. and North Korea in New York City on Thursday

But he has had two summit meetings in recent weeks with South Korea and made two visits to China as part of a campaign of diplomatic outreach aimed at easing Pyongyang's isolation and US-led global sanctions.

Trump then reversed course, saying both sides wanted the meeting to happen and it could still go ahead after productive talks.

Trump made the announcement - a week after he canceled the summit - following an Oval Office meeting with Kim's lieutenant, Kim Yong Chol, who was delivering a letter from his country's leader, and that ended up lasting more than an hour.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said a North Korean delegation, headed by high-ranking official Kim Yong Chol, with whom he held two days of talks with in NY, would make a rare visit to the White House on Friday and give Trump a letter from Kim. This time, Trump did not greet his visitor in person, leaving that task to his chief of staff John Kelly and a top Central Intelligence Agency official.

Trump echoed Pompeo's comments on Thursday when he said while on board Air Force One: "I'd like to see it done in one meeting, but often times that's not the way deals work".

In his letter printed on White House stationery, Trump, in an uncharacteristically warm and congenial tone, said he was canceling the summit because of North Korea's harsh comments about USA officials.

Pompeo spoke to reporters at a news conference in NY after meeting Thursday with former North Korean military intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol. But a meeting never came to be - and no sitting president has met with a North Korean leader since.

But that unread letter from Kim also symbolizes the unanswered questions about the June 12 summit in Singapore: Is North Korea serious about giving up its nuclear arsenal?

The glad-handing marked a stark contrast, coming less than a year after Trump attacked Kim Jong Un as "Little Rocket Man" and all but threatened to destroy his country it continued to threaten the United States and it allies with nuclear weapons.

The letter from Kim Jong Un had to first be inspected by U.S. officials before it was delivered to the president, a White House official confirmed. "He said that North Korea was under siege by its closest neighbors, who were supported, aided and abetted by the United States".

The letter was "carefully examined" by the Secret Service for anything potentially unsafe before the North Korean official was able to deliver it, according to a White House official.

North Korea's conciliatory response to that letter appears to have put the summit back on track. "But we'll see. We did discuss the ending of the Korean War", he said.

The president said it was likely that more than a single meeting would be necessary to bring about his goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

The U.S. official said the high-stakes discussion in NY lasted a little more than two hours, until 11:25 a.m., well before the scheduled end at 1:30 p.m.

Others wondered, will Trump reciprocate with an equally large letter?

Right after the cancellation, however, Trump began talking about rescheduling the summit, citing more civil statements from Kim and the North Korean government.

An advance team, led by deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin, has held meetings with the North Korean team in Singapore this week.

Kim, meanwhile, has held meetings of his own.

Despite the upbeat messaging in the United States, Kim Jong Un, in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister on Thursday, complained about the USA trying to spread its influence in the region, a comment that may complicate the summit.

A senior official from the government of North Korea has arrived in NY.

Trump says his June 12 meeting will be "a beginning".

Fewer South Koreans now believe that North Korea will follow through with pursuing peace on the Korean Peninsula or getting rid of their nuclear weapons, according to the survey. They can make a strategic shift.

Trump also described the widely anticipated summit as a "get-to-know-you" situation, saying that it "will be a process" and he believed the DPRK "wants to do the denuclearization".

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