The on-again, off-again relationship between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un continued this Friday when the President announced that the historic peace summit in Singapore on June 12 will proceed as planned. This comes just one week after President Trump announced the summit had been canceled due to Kim Jong Un showing bad faith.
President Trump’s announcement to continue the summit came after receiving a letter, which was “hand delivered to the White House by the dictator’s top envoy,” according to CNN. Though Trump acknowledged he had not yet read the letter, he said contents were “very interesting.”
Speaking with reporters, the President adopted an optimistic tone, saying that recent gestures from North Korea, including their threats of nuclear bombings, were a thing of the past.
“I think we’re over that, totally over that, and now we’re going to deal and we’re going to really start a process,” Trump said after meeting with the North Korean envoy, another historic meeting in the long list of historic meetings that have occurred in recent weeks.
“We’re meeting with the chairman on June 12 and I think it’s probably going to be a very successful — ultimately a successful process,” Trump said. “We’ll see. Remember what I say. We will see what we will see, but I think it’s going to be a process that we deserve to have.”
The envoy’s visit was largely prompted by President Trump’s refusal to approach the negotiating table if Kim Jong Un continued to act in bad faith. In a letter released last Thursday, the President reminded the dictator of America’s awesome military power while expressing hope he will reconsider his recalcitrance.
According to CNN, the meeting had little pomp and circumstance, not even a handshake. Upon meeting, the two walked in the Rose Garden and spoke in the Oval Office for a little over an hour.
“When they emerged, Trump shook Kim’s hand before seeing him off in a black US government SUV,” reports CNN. “He strolled to a group of nearby reporters to declare the meeting a success.”
“The relationships are building and that’s a very positive thing,” Trump said. “They want to develop as a country.”
Time will tell if the on-again, off-again relationship will continue.