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Kim Yong Chol, a close aide to the North Korean leader, delivered a letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump.

Trump said he spoke with the North Korean envoy, Kim Yong Chol, about sanctions on the reclusive regime.

The video narration says that despite every effort, Kim is unable to change North Korea's dire economic state.

Yet he also said a news conference that hard work remains including hurdles that may appear to be insurmountable as negotiations progress on the US demand for North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization. He said it "went very well".

"We talked about a lot, and we talked about sanctions", Trump said after the meeting. But he said he would not remove current sanctions until the North took steps to denuclearize. In this way, the video is an unusual admission of the poor state of North Korea's economy and the helplessness of its leadership. However, his comments were the most positive from any USA official since Trump abruptly canceled the meeting last week after belligerent statements from the North.

"Our secretary of state is having very good meetings", Mr. Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews before departing on a trip to Texas.

Trump, Kim Yong Chol, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the White House on Friday. The official, Kim Yong Chol, posed for photos with Trump outside the Oval Office, and they talked amiably at Kim's vehicle before he was driven away.

Trump views a summit as a legacy-defining opportunity to make a nuclear deal, but he has left the world guessing since canceling the meeting last week in an open letter to Kim that complained of the North's "tremendous anger and open hostility". He is the most senior North Korean to visit in 18 years, a symbolic sign of easing tensions after fears of war escalated amid North Korean nuclear and missile tests last year. Trump read the letter he delivered from his leader after talking to reporters on the South Lawn, but the White House did not disclose what Kim Jong Un wrote. But there are lingering doubts on whether he will ever fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as his only guarantee of survival in a region surrounded by enemies. By the next day, he was signaling the event could be back on after a conciliatory response from North Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in (not pictured) during their summit at the truce village of Panmunjom, North Korea, in this handout picture released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), on May 27. Yet he also said at his news conference that hard work remains including hurdles that may appear to be insurmountable as negotiations progress on the USA demand for North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.

Kim Yong Chul, who till now was under U.S. sanctions, is likely to stay in the country till tomorrow.

  • Rogelio Becker