Trump says North Korean leader is sending him a letter, summit meetings productive


President Donald Trump, who is trying to revive a June 12 summit with North Korea that he canceled last week, said Thursday that a North Korean delegation in New York is coming to Washington to bring him a letter from leader Kim Jong Un.

"A letter is going to be delivered to me from Kim Jong Un, so I look forward to seeing what's in the letter," Trump said on the tarmac before boarding Air Force One en route to Houston, Texas. "But it's very important to them. So they'll be probably coming down to Washington D.C. on Friday for the delivery of a letter, I look forward to that."

The letter — and Trump's suggestion that a summit might occur on June 12, after all — is the latest in ongoing talks between the two countries. It comes as CIA officials tell NBC News that the regime does not intend to give up its nuclear arms, despite the president's own statements that they were open to doing so.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dined with a senior North Korean official on Wednesday night in New York City in hopes of salvaging the summit that Trump canceled last week.

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Trump said Thursday morning that "we're doing very well" in the negotiations. He also said did not know what would be in the letter, exactly.

"I think it will be very positive, I think it'll be very positive, the meetings have been very positive. We'll see what happens. It's a process. It's all a process. We'll see and hopefully we'll have a meeting on the 12th," Trump said. "I want it to be meaningful. It doesn't mean it gets all done at one meeting, maybe you have to have a second or a third, and maybe we'll have none."