Former North Korean spy master and top envoy General Kim Yong Chol visited The White House on Friday to personally hand-deliver a letter from Kim Jong Un to President Trump in the Oval Office.

President Trump speaking to reporters at The White House south lawn after receiving Kim’s Letter on Friday, June 1, 2018. Credit: Reuters

The Vice Chairman of the North Korea’s ruling party was accompanied by a small delegation including an interpreter from the regime’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Kim Yong Chol with President Trump at The White House after delivering Kim Jong Un’s Letter on Friday, June 1, 2018. Credit: Reuters

Emerging from The White House an hour-and-a-half later, President Trump announced to the media on the South Lawn that the June 12 Summit in Singapore with Kim Jong Un was back on after Trump cancelled it a week ago.

President Trump at the Oval Office with Kim Jong Chol (R) and North Korean interpreter Kim Ju Sung (C) on Friday, June 1, 2018. Credit: The White House/Shealah Craighead
President Trump carrying Kim Jong Un’s letter hand-delivered by Gen. Kim Jong Chol at the Oval Office – Friday, June 1, 2018. Credit: The White House/Shealah Craighead

“This was a letter presentation that ended up being a two-hour conversation,” Trump told reporters of the Oval Office meeting with Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man.

President Trump with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the North Korean delegation at The White House on Friday, June 1, 2018. Credit The White House/Shealah Craighead

“We found the whole subject matter very interesting,” adding “And because I really think they want to do something.”

“This is a very good meeting.  This was a meeting where a letter was given to me by Kim Jong Un and that letter was a very nice letter.”

President Trump speaking to reporters at The White House south lawn after receiving Kim’s Letter on Friday, June 1, 2018. Credit: Reuters

When asked of the contents of the Kim Letter, he taunted the media, “Oh, would you like to see what was in that letter? Would you like it?  How much?”

President Trump personally escorted Kim’s second-in-command, Kim Jong Chol to a Chevrolet SUV convoy on Friday, June 1, 2018. Credit: Reuters
President Trump later posed for photographs with Kim Yang Chol and his North Korean delegation at the South Lawn of The White House on Friday, June 1, 2018. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

However, a few minutes later, he took on a serious note in responding to questions about the Kim Letter after claiming he hadn’t yet opened it.

“I haven’t seen the letter yet.  I purposely didn’t open the letter.  I haven’t opened it,” he told reporters.

“I may be in for a be in for a big surprise, folks!”  he said of the Kim Letter before heading back to the Oval Office.

 

Gen. Kim Yong Chol led a small delegation to the U.S. to hand-deliver a letter from his boss, Kim Jong Un after President Trump cancelled the summit.  He arrived in New York on Wednesday where he met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday to discuss the upcoming U.S-Korea Summit before proceeding to Washington D.C. on Friday where he hand-delivered Kim’s Letter to the President at the Oval office.

 

 

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