US President Donald Trump was to receive a letter from North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un on Friday, a much-anticipated moment as preparations for a historic nuclear summit gain pace.
Kim's right-hand man, Kim Yong Chol, was due in the US capital a day after talks in New York with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made what the US diplomat called "real progress" towards holding the planned June 12 summit.
Meanwhile, the Kim Jong Un re-committed his state to "denuclearization," boosting hopes of what would be an extraordinary diplomatic turn-around just a week after Trump threatened to cancel preparations.
Since that short-lived crisis, diplomats in both countries have conducted an intense flurry of negotiations, culminating on Thursday when Pompeo sat down in New York with Kim's envoy.
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