President Trump said Thursday that a delegation of officials from North Korea would send him a letter from their leader, Kim Jong-un, at an extraordinary meeting on Friday in Washington
. Trump told reporters that it was not clear whether the show would be ready for weak relaxation to hit a Singapore summit scheduled for June 12th, before the president called off last week.
But the president said negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang are "in good hands."
His remarks came minutes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had begun formal talks in New York with a high-ranking North Korean official to rescue the summit
In a early-morning tweet Mr. Pompeo outlined his message to Kim Yong-chol, the former North Korean intelligence chief and supreme nuclear weapons negotiator, who flew to New York Wednesday on an Air China flight from Beijing
"The potential summit between @POTUS and Chairman Kim represents #DPRK a great opportunity to achieve security and economic prosperity, "wrote Pompeo. "The people of #NorthKorea can have a better future and the world can be more peaceful."
The morning tweet was more appealing than the one Mr. Pompeo published on Wednesday evening in which he repeated the "We are committed to the full, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."
Mr. Trump's comments to reporters on Thursday morning came shortly before he boarded a flight to Texas for a day trip.
The expected meeting between the President and the North Korean delegation announced by Mr. Trump on his departure was a surprise, and he offered no details. It would be a rare, if not unprecedented, meeting in Washington for an American president in the face of diplomatic hostility that had simmered for generations between the United States and North Korea.
In New York, Mr Pompeo and Mr Kim shared a dinner on Wednesday night and pictures released by the State Department showed that the Secretary of State had displayed the Freedom Tower in Lower Manhattan, which was used in the 11/11 attacks September destroyed towers of the World Trade Center replaced.
in a three-bedroom apartment on 38th Street and First Avenue, usually occupied by a senior United States diplomat at the United Nations. American and North Korean ambassadors also met in Panmunjom, in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, and another staff of officials held talks in Singapore to improve logistics at the June 12 summit.
The blizzard of the meetings is a breathtaking change from the martial rhetoric that has been applied to the two sides over the past year. Trump threatened to unleash "fire and rage" against North Korea if it endangered the United States.
But the two sides are still far apart. The Trump government has largely insisted that North Korea is committed to a swift and complete resolution of its nuclear program, even though the president recently opened the door to gradual dismantling.
President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, who served as US State Department President The former mediator between Washington and Pyongyang has been known to advocate a step-by-step process of sanctions against North Korea in return for demonstrable steps terminate or reverse its weapons programs. It is believed that North Korea supports such an approach.
A senior South Korean official warned Wednesday that the differences between the two sides are considerable.
"It will not be easy to narrow the gap and find a common ground I think it would not be impossible," said Cho Myoung-gyon, the United Nations Secretary for the Unity of the South, in a speech in Seoul.
A deep split remains within the Trump administration and has led partly to the sharp upheavals in the approach to the US reclusive land. Mr. Trump impulsively accepted in March the invitation to meet with Mr. Kim – the summit he had canceled last week, only to return a day later.