Kim sends letter to US President - and it's huge

US President Donald Trump with North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, who delivered a letter from Mr Kim Jong Un, in the Oval Office at the White House on Friday.
US President Donald Trump with North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, who delivered a letter from Mr Kim Jong Un, in the Oval Office at the White House on Friday.OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO BY SHEALAH CRAIGHEAD

WASHINGTON • US President Donald Trump's announcement on Friday that his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is back on came after a senior North Korean official hand-delivered a letter from Mr Kim. And it was not just any ordinary letter. It was inside an envelope nearly as large as a folded newspaper.

While Mr Trump has not yet revealed what was written in the letter, he seemed happy to get it. He told reporters it was "a very nice letter" and "a very interesting letter".

The letter was carefully examined by the Secret Service for anything potentially dangerous before the North Korean official, General Kim Yong Chol, was able to deliver it, according to a White House official.

The huge letter is just part of meticulous steps taken by North Korea to present Mr Kim as a legitimate international statesman who is reasonable and capable of negotiating solutions and making deals, analysts said, according to Associated Press.

South Korean President Moon Jae In, who lobbied hard for nuclear talks between Mr Trump and Mr Kim, received a letter of similar size from the North Korean leader during February's Winter Olympics.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 03, 2018, with the headline 'Kim sends letter to US President - and it's huge'. Print Edition | Subscribe