While the actual letter was not seen publicly, North Korean vice chairman Kim Yong Chol presented Trump with a symbolic, oversized novelty envelope, and the two men took a picture with it in the Oval Office.
"We have seen history repeat, where North Korea would declare to denuclearise, thereby portraying itself as conciliatory and forthcoming, only to turn around to void all worldwide efforts towards peace".
Kim's meeting with Lavrov was likely a move to try to secure Russia - along with China - as another powerful player that can push the United States to ease sanctions and make other concessions, said Anthony Rinna, a specialist in Korea-Russia relations at Sino-NK, a website that analyses the region.
Kim's arrival in Washington - in a small caravan of SUV's from NY - came a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that he was confident negotiations with Pyongyang were "moving in the right direction". North Korea followed up, however, by sending trusted Kim Jong Un aide Kim Yong Chol, who delivered the letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump.
"I purposely didn't open the letter".
He arrived for the meeting accompanied by the senior US officials who have overseen an extraordinary diplomatic opening. North Korea's conciliatory response to that letter appears to have put the summit back on track.
Trump campaign manager trying to pick up 'Roseanne' show
Trump wrote that Iger never called him to apologize for "the frightful statements " that have been said about him on ABC . Actress Roseanne Barr attends the Disney ABC Television TCA Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California, January 8, 2018.
Malaysia scraps high-speed railway to Singapore to "avoid bankruptcy"
However, Koh still hopes the HSR would link Kuala Lumpur and the republic and be extended to Malaysia's northern city of Penang. Asked about this, a spokesman from Singapore's MOT said it is still awaiting "official communication from Malaysia".
Andrew Lincoln leaving ‘The Walking Dead’ in Season 9
Lincoln and Cohen are great actors, but if they want to move on, let them, but don't sacrifice the story in the process. Lincoln is one of the few early cast members - actors who joined the show during Season 3 or before - left standing.
North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol shakes hands with President Donald Trump as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on, after a meeting at the White House, on June 1. Washington is determined that Kim should agree to what USA officials call the "complete, verifiable and irreversible" end of North Korea's nuclear weapons and intercontinental missile programs. Despite Kim's apparent eagerness for a summit with Trump, there are lingering doubts about whether he will fully relinquish his nuclear weapons, which he may see as his only guarantee of survival.
"We talked about nearly everything".
USA defense and intelligence officials have repeatedly assessed the North to be on the threshold of having the capability to strike anywhere in the continental US with a nuclear-tipped missile - a capacity that Trump and other USA officials have said they would not tolerate. "As we move to adjust to the political situation in the face of USA hegemonism, I am willing to exchange detailed and in-depth opinions with your leadership and hope to do so moving forward", Kim told Sergey Lavrov. In this way, the video is an unusual admission of the poor state of North Korea's economy and the helplessness of its leadership.
North Korea's flurry of diplomatic activity following an increase in nuclear weapons and missile tests in 2017 suggests that Kim is eager for sanctions relief to build his economy and for the global legitimacy a summit with Trump would provide. The envoy was the highest level figure from the secretive state to hold talks at the White House since a senior envoy visited former President Bill Clinton in 2000.
But first, Trump's team would have to get around its own economic sanctions against North Korea - by obtaining a waiver from the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control.
Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee, was allowed into the United States despite being on a US sanctions list.
Most expert observers are sceptical that even an unprecedented summit between the two leaders can lead to a rapid breakthrough, and Trump admitted it would be a long and hard process. He was granted special permission to travel outside the NY area in order to meet with the president.