After much speculation as to the future of negotiations between the United States and North Korea after President Donald Trump pulled out of the planned summit in Singapore, Trump announced the meeting will take place after all.
“We’ll be meeting on June 12 in Singapore,” said President Trump to reporters at the White House.
Trump made the announcement after meeting with top North Korean official Kim Yong Chol in the Oval Office for over an hour. Chol was seen walking into the West Wing with the president’s chief of staff, John Kelly.
“We talked about a lot of things. We really did,” said Trump. “But the big deal will be on June 12.”
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Trump also said that Chol gave him a letter written by Kim Jong Un, but he had not read it yet.
Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Chol were seen taking photos together outside the Oval Office.
Kim Yong Chol is the highest-ranking North Korean official to ever visit the White House since Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok visited President Bill Clinton in 2000.
The day before the meeting, Pompeo stated that negotiations with North Korea were “moving in the right direction.”
“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,” said Pompeo.
After Trump sent a letter to Kim Jong Un calling the summit off, many speculated that Trump may not have the negotiating skills necessary to pull a meeting of this magnitude off. With this latest announcement, Trump may have the last laugh.