But cut to the next day, he met a North Korean official at the White House and pointed out that the summit was back on track. The photo made rounds on social media, where theories abound why Kim would have sent Trump what seemed as a comically oversized letter. Leaving the reporters, Trump noted that he hadn't yet read the letter, though he'd said minutes earlier that it was very "interesting".
Others compared the delivery to a novelty greeting card or an envelope used in a game show.
"These talks go to the question of security and if anything that's probably most immediately paramount to Kim", he said. "But I don't think President Moon and Trump should wait on declaring an end to the Korean War until President Xi Jinping flies to Singapore", Cho said. The huge letter is just part of meticulous steps taken by North Korea to present Kim as a legitimate global statesman who is reasonable and capable of negotiating solutions and making deals, analysts say.
The president, though, carefully set expectations for what previously had been billed as a high-stakes diplomatic negotiation aimed at getting Kim Jong Un to hand over his nukes.
Both sides have committed themselves to the "denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula, but it is far from clear if Trump's mission to secure Pyongyang's complete disarmament can be aligned with Kim's quest to win global respect and protection.
In his letter printed on White House stationery, Mr. Trump said he was canceling the summit because of North Korea's harsh comments about USA officials.
The summit between the two leaders will be held on 12 June in Singapore.
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Trump and Pompeo walked Kim Yong Chol to his vehicle. For the cash-strapped nation, the answer may not be North Korea.
"For these situations to work, you have to not want the deal too much", McConnell said.
"They basically agreed to establish a liaison office in the North Korean border town of Kaesong".
The June 12 meeting could be just the beginning of more talks, Trump reportedly said.
Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling party executive and a veteran regime insider, arrived for his Oval Office encounter accompanied by the senior United States officials who have overseen an extraordinary diplomatic opening.
Upon arrival, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly ushered the North Koreans into the Oval Office to meet the president.
"Any discussion about the number of U.S. troops in the Republic of Korea is subject to the Republic of Korea's invitation to have them there, and the discussions between the United States and the Republic of Korea, separate and distinct from the negotiations that are going on with DPRK", said Mr Mattis during a question-and-answer segment.
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