Mr Trump says after an Oval Office meeting today with North Korean politician Kim Yong Chol that he'd be making a mistake not to go forward with the on-again, off-again nuclear summit in Singapore. However, his comments were the most positive from any USA official since Trump abruptly cancelled the meeting last week after belligerent statements from the North. The media said you had a meeting and cancelled it.
Trump also says he may at some point make public an earlier letter he received from Kim Jong Un.
The letter from Kim Jong Un had to first be inspected by United States officials before it was delivered to the president, a White House official confirmed.
He said the North Koreans asked about the lifting of sanctions, adding, "I look forward to the day I when I can take the sanctions off".
He said another, unspecified issue that was not discussed in his talks with Cho in a January meeting had since become "a source of mistrust between the North and South". Quoted by the state news agency, KCNA, Kim said "the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula will be solved on a stage-by-stage basis" in which each party addressed the interests of the other.
The commentator underscored that one should to take a closer look at Trump's letter as it left the door for further dialogue wide-open: "If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, " the United States president wrote, "please do not hesitate to call me or write".
"But if President Trump insisting that June 12 could still work, then everybody is going to scramble and trying to make it happen", she said. "We'll be meeting on June 12th in Singapore", Trump told reporters after the meeting.
Diplomats in both countries have conducted an intense flurry of negotiations, culminating on Thursday when Pompeo sat down in NY with Kim's number two, Kim Yong Chol.
North Korea's envoy Kim Yong-chol shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during their meeting in NY.
Kim Yong Chol was met by chief of staff John Kelly when he arrived at the White House on Friday afternoon, and was quickly whisked inside the building.
Trump's comments came after a visit from a high-ranking North Korea official who delivered him a letter from Kim.
In response to a reporter, Trump said he and Kim may discuss an end to the Korean War, which has technically still been ongoing - with armed conflict ceased decades ago in an armistice between the Koreas.
Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee, was allowed into the United States despite being on a USA sanctions list, but the State Department has said he would likely need additional approval to travel outside the NY area.