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

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Washington and Pyongyang are going to start a relationship and it will start on June 12, Trump told reporters after his talks with Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the DPRK's ruling Workers' Party of Korea Central Committee.

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is set to visit North Korea in what would be the first visit by an global head of state to the country since Kim Jong-un came to power, North Korean state media reported.

"This is very rare in South Korea: For Trump to gain popularity from conservatives and liberals", said Kang Won-taek, a polling expert and political science professor at Seoul National University.

"It will be a beginning", Trump said of the summit, which aims to pave the way toward eliminating North Korea's nuclear program.

Trump indicated that the campaign of "maximum pressure" was at least on hold, vowing no new sanctions while talks are ongoing.

No one outside North Korea likely knows the real reason for the letter's size.

Trump said he did not discuss human rights Friday with Kim Yon Chol, but said he "probably will, and in great detail" during his upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un.

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"We don't talk about what happened in the past".

The emails with an attached Hangul Word Processor (HWP) document, with the title translated in English as "prospect and preparations for USA -N.Korea summit", were sent to Naver Mail accounts, the email service of Naver Corp., South Korea's top Internet portal operator, the company said.

Trump has said he wants North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons before sanctions are lifted.

The letter from Kim Jong Un had to first be inspected by USA officials before it was delivered to the president, a White House official confirmed.

The announcement came after an envoy of North Korean officials hand-delivered a letter to the president from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"Between now and if we're going to have a summit, they're going to have to make clear what they're willing to do."Meanwhile, Russia's foreign minister arrived in Pyongyang on Thursday for talks with Kim Jong Un and warned against setting expectations too high, urging all sides to "avoid the temptation to demand everything and now".

Kim Yong Chol delivered a letter from the North Korean leader to Trump.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has met Kim twice in recent weeks, has lobbied hard for a meeting between Trump and Kim.

The president teased reporters about the contents of the letter, saying, "That letter was a very nice letter".

Trump last week scrapped the highly anticipated June 12 summit, blaming North Koreans for their "open hostility".

Trump has refused to publicly acknowledge whether he's spoken directly with Kim Jong Un ahead of the talks. He is the most senior North Korean to visit in 18 years, a symbolic sign of easing tensions after fears of war escalated amid North Korean nuclear and missile tests last year.

When asked about the potential Trump-Kim meeting, Ri replied: "Go fly to Singapore to ask that question".

Kim Yong Chol left his hotel in New York City early Friday for the trip to Washington in a convoy of SUVs. The CNN reported that even as Trump met with Kim Yong-Chol at the White House, separate teams of USA officials were making preparations for the summit in Asia.

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