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Trump Expected to Receive Personal Letter from N. Korean Leader

Trump Expected to Receive Personal Letter from N. Korean Leader

"I think we are going to have a relationship and it will start on June 12", Trump said. "There remains a great deal of work to do", he said. It said Kim wanted to meet Trump but didn't make any concessions or threats, as have marked his previous communications. "But it'll get done at some point".

Kim says he is committed to "denuclearisation" in some form, but he is expected to demand security guarantees - one of which could be an formal end to the conflict with the US and South Korea.

Kim Yong Chol, the most senior North Korean to visit the United States in almost 20 years, dined with Pompeo and the two were due to meet again on May 31.

The Trump administration needed to issue a waiver for Gen. Kim to travel to NY, after the Obama administration in 2010 placed sanctions on him in his role as head of North Korea's premier intelligence agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau.

The flurry of diplomacy has also seen a rapprochement on the Korean peninsula, with the two Koreas holding high-level talks Friday at the border truce village of Panmunjom.

Until this year, Kim had made no visits outside his country since taking over from his father as leader in 2011.

Earlier on Friday, the KCNA state news agency reported that North Korea and Russian Federation agreed to hold a meeting between the two countries' leaders this year. Kim Yong Chol delivered a personal letter to Trump from the North Korean leader. "We can go fast, we can go slow".

Trump has sworn not to allow it to develop nuclear missiles that could hit the United States.

Russia's Foreign Minister has called for sanctions on North Korea to be lifted and invited Kim Jong-un for a meeting in Moscow as he met with the dictator in Pyongyang on Thursday.

As expected, Kim Yong Chol handed Trump a letter from Kim that may clear up some of the questions.

He snubbed France, Germany and Britain by pulling out of a nuclear agreement with Iran and upset the Europeans, as well as neighbors Canada and Mexico, with protectionist trade policies meant to safeguard U.S.jobs.

Pompeo spoke to reporters at a news conference in NY after meeting Thursday with former North Korean military intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol. He is the most senior North Korean to visit the White House in 18 years, a highly symbolic sign of easing tensions after fears of war escalated amid North Korean nuclear and missile tests last year. But in March, the bellicose rhetoric gave way to a proposal for a historic summit.

"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. And if the United States grants this wish without getting a good deal in return, it could send both parties back to the brink of nuclear war. "I said, 'Would you want me to open it?' He said, 'You can read it later.' I may be in for a big surprise, folks!"

Trump has refused to publicly acknowledge whether he's spoken directly with Kim Jong Un ahead of the talks.

North Korea is estimated to have more than a dozen nuclear weapons.

To make his trip this week, Kim Yong-chol needed special permission for travel to the United States because he had been blacklisted.

Kim, the former military intelligence chief and one of the North Korean leader's closest aides, landed midafternoon Wednesday on an Air China flight from Beijing.