The letter, delivered by one of Kim's aides, Kim Yong Chol, was due to be inspected by USA officials and, if cleared, given to Trump, according to administration officials cited in the report. After all, Trump frequently contradicts his own staffers who ostensibly speak for him - why should we assume Kim won't do the same? He and Pompeo had discussions over dinner of steak, corn and cheese on Wednesday (Thursday NZT), Pompeo said in a tweet.
Then exited the more composed, much smaller and slightly less trim figure of Kim Yong Chol.
Meanwhile, back in Pyongyang, the North Korean leader re-committed his isolated state to "denuclearization," boosting hopes of what would be an extraordinary diplomatic turn-around just a week after Trump threatened to cancel preparations. The North Korean delegation is heading to Washington D.C., where they will deliver a letter to President Trump from Kim.
While Jo wore a military uniform, Kim Yong Chol was dressed in a dark business suit.
"South Korea will do that", Trump told a reporter who asked if the two sides discussed American economic nation-building in the country. That from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. I believe they will be coming down to Washington on Friday (Saturday NZT).
"It will take bold leadership from Chairman Kim Jong Un if we were able to seize this once in a lifetime opportunity to change the course for the world", he said. "It is very important to them". And on the US goal of securing immediate denuclearization: "I think it's going to be a process".
"There is a risk that the process will break down and we can head back in the wrong direction", said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association.
Pompeo, Trump's former Central Intelligence Agency chief, has travelled to Pyongyang twice in recent weeks for meetings with Kim Jong Un, and has said there is a "shared understanding" between the two sides about what they hope to achieve in talks.
A number of diplomatic events ensued, including a surprise second meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim at the North Korean side of the border village of Panmunjom on May 26.
"We are going to deal and we are really going to start a process", Trump told reporters on Friday.
As Kim arrived, peering through a nearby glass door, was the familiar silvery mustache of John Bolton, Trump's hawkish national security advisor.
According to the report, this agreement was reached after the May 31 talks between Kim Jong-un and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Pyongyang. I never said it goes in one meeting.
If held, the Trump-Kim meeting will be the first summit between the two countries that have always been at odds over the North's pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, which are now believed to be capable of striking the US mainland. But there are lingering doubts on whether he will ever fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as his only guarantee of survival in a region surrounded by enemies. "Quick nuclear abandonment by Pyongyang is certainly a welcome thing", a column in the newspaper suggested, "but such a sharp change could take place only if the United States offers Pyongyang attractive rewards". They also met during the American diplomat's two trips to Pyongyang in April and May. White House aides later confirmed that Trump had read the correspondence. Relations turned sour again after George W Bush took office in early 2001 with a tough policy on the North.