It is all systems go: United States President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore, under the full glare of the world and the roughly 3,000 journalists who are expected to converge on the island state.
But it was the large size of the delivery that got many social media users talking. "Oh, would you like to see what was in that letter? I have no doubt", he added, referring to a package of worldwide aid and lifting of sanctions to help the North develop its economy should it opt for complete denuclearization.
"I think so. I think there is a good chance that we'll have talks as planned in Singapore on June 12th".
"They are trying to set low expectations hoping for something more but not being in the position of walking into the meeting with something that is going to get them solidly in the direction of nuclear dismantlement".
At the same time, Trump said that he did not like the meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had with the North Korean leader this week, but he added that it could be a positive thing.
What Trump must do is clear: Explain to the North Koreans they must be willing to make their nuclear pledge the focus of the summit. About eight minutes later, Trump said he not only hasn't read the letter yet, but he also never opened the envelope.
Trump even backed away from the words "maximum pressure" that his administration had used to describe its approach to North Korea, combining the toughest-ever U.S. and worldwide economic sanctions with diplomatic actions and the Republican president's military threats and preparations.
As a result, American officials planning the summit are trying to work around sanctions that prohibit the USA from picking up the bill, or may ask Singapore to pay for Kim's hospitality at the Fullerton, a neoclassical hotel along the Singapore River, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Washington Post on Friday.
"I believe they are contemplating a path forward".
No date for the visit was mentioned by the North Korea's KCNA news agency.
In 2015, then-US director of national intelligence James Clapper described Kim Yong Chol as "the guy who ultimately would have to okay the cyber attack against Sony" in 2014.
Trump later teased the contents of the letter, but told reporters he hadn't yet opened it. Kim has already hosted US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo twice in the North Korean capital.
Cho said that while he did not oppose China's participation in declaring an end to the Korean War, Beijing's involvement must come after the two Koreas and the USA reach an agreement and that there was no need for the three countries to wait for Beijing's participation.
Kim Chang Son, the de facto chief of staff for the North Korean government was seen this week at the centrally located, five-star hotel that is a refurbished government building overlooking the Singapore river.