In this Jan 23, 2019 photo provided by the government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, right, meets in Pyongyang with Kim Yong-chol, who had traveled to Washington to discuss denuclearization talks. The state-run Korean Central News Agency reports that Kim Yong-chol presented to the DPRK leader a personal letter from US President Donald Trump on his return to Pyongyang. (KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY/KOREA NEWS SERVICE VIA AP)
WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump has sent a personal letter to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong-un, according to the White House and DPRK media.
Kim Yong-chol, who recently met with the US president and Secretary of State in Washington, presented Donald Trump’s letter to Kim Jong-un, KCNA reported
"The President (Trump) responded to Chairman Kim's letter," CNN said in a report late Wednesday, citing White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
Also on Thursday, the DPRK’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Kim had received a personal letter written by Trump. Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee who recently led a delegation to visit Washington and met with President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, presented the letter to Kim, it added.
Kim "expressed great satisfaction" after receiving the letter, the KCNA reported.
Trump and Kim reportedly have exchanged letters several times this month.
Earlier this month, Trump told media that he had received a "great" letter from the DPRK leader. CNN then reported that a letter by Trump "was flown to Pyongyang and delivered by hand" over the Jan 12-13 weekend.
Kim Yong-chol reportedly presented a letter from Kim to Trump during their meeting on Friday.
In this June 12, 2018 photo, US President Donald Trump, right, meets with leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore. (EVAN VUCCI / AP)
Representatives of the United States and the DPRK also held a series of talks near Stockholm, Sweden over last weekend. Pompeo said the talks provided the opportunity for Washington and Pyongyang to discuss some of the complicated issues towards achieving what leaders of the two countries laid out during their historic first summit on June 12 last year in Singapore.
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The talks are seen to pave the way for a possible second summit between Trump and Kim. The White House announced Friday that the second summit between Trump and Kim "will take place near the end of February."
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