Pushing the envelope: Why was Kim's letter for Trump so big?

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The announcement came after Mr. Trump hosted a senior North Korean envoy at the White House and he delivered a personal letter from Kim that was inside a white envelope almost as large as a folded newspaper.

Much had been made of a letter his visitor was bringing from the North Korean leader, but Trump's comments left it unclear when he had even managed to take a look at it.

Prior to Friday's meeting, Kim Yong Chol met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York City on Wednesday and Thursday. "And frankly, I said, 'Take your time". "Hey, wouldn't it be wonderful if we walked out and everything was settled all of a sudden from sitting down for a couple of hours", Trump said. Since then, there have been occasional clashes on the divided peninsula. "Just because we have been tricked by North Korea before does not guarantee that we will be tricked in the future", Song said.

"We're getting along, so it's not a question of maximum pressure", he said. "We will see what we will see".

Pyongyang has meanwhile demanded regime security as a condition for denuclearisation, and officially ending the Korean war could be one of the measures to provide that.

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It was a extraordinary softening of tone toward North Korea from a president who past year threatened to rain "fire and fury" on the country because of the threat its nuclear weapons and long-range missiles pose to the United States.

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

The summit between the two leaders will be held on 12 June in Singapore.

"Remember what I say.we will see what we will see".

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Trump emerged after a more than hour-long Oval Office meeting with Kim Yong Chol - a general facing USA sanctions who is Kim's right-hand man - saying that the summit will go ahead in Singapore on June 12 as originally planned. The North Korean envoy hand-delivered a letter to Trump from the North Korean leader, after a day of talks in NY with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

North Korean officials said Kim Yong Chol was expected to return to Pyongyang shortly.

In particular, he wants a formal end to the Korean conflict and is likely to seek global recognition and guarantees against any strike by the United States forces stationed across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in South Korea. "North Korea can build nukes and ICBMs, but claim they are too poor to pay for foreign travel costs".

When asked about the content of the letter he received, Trump joked, asking how much money was offered for the information. An aide later confirmed he did after the talks. Kim's to letter to Moon was personally delivered by Kim's sister who attended the Olympics as a special envoy and was covered by a blue folder emblazoned with a golden seal.

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