The Latest: Kim aide at White House to give letter to Trump

Chief of staff John Kelly walks along the Colonnade toward the Oval Office with Kim Yong Chol, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of leader Kim Jong Un's closest aides, as he arrives at the White House in Washington on Friday, June 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Kim Yong Chol, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of Kim Jong Un's closest aides, second from right, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, second from left, sit across from one another before the start of a meeting, Thursday, May 31, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference, Thursday, May 31, 2018, in New York. Pompeo reported "good progress" in meetings with a top North Korean official Thursday as they sought to salvage an on-again, off-again summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, arrives at the White House, Friday, June 1, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Kim Yong Chol, second from left, North Korea's former military intelligence chief and a close aid to leader Kim Jong Un, walks out of a building after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Thursday, May 31, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference, Thursday, May 31, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Kim Yong Chol, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of Kim Jong Un's closest aides, left, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo take their places at the table before a meeting, Thursday, May 31, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Kim Yong Chol, left, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of leader Kim Jong Un's closest aides, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a meeting, Thursday, May 31, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK — The Latest on President Donald Trump and North Korea (all times local):

1:14 p.m.

An aide to Kim Jong Un has arrived at the White House, becoming the highest-ranking North Korean official to visit in 18 years.

Kim Yong Chol was greeted Friday by White House chief of staff John Kelly, who brought him inside the White House to meet President Donald Trump.

Kim is expected to president a letter from Kim Jong Un (kim jawng oon), the North Korean dictator, to Trump.

The letter comes as the two countries work to revive a Trump-Kim summit on June 12 in Singapore.

Kim Yong Chol is the most senior North Korean visitor to the United States since Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok visited Washington in 2000 to meet President Bill Clinton.

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12:28 a.m.

A top aide to Kim Jong Un will make a rare visit to Washington Friday to hand a letter from the North Korean leader to President Donald Trump. That from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

He reported "good progress" is being made in talks between the two sides to revive an on-again, off-again nuclear summit. Pompeo spoke to reporters at a news conference in New York after meeting Thursday with former North Korean military intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol.

He would not say that the summit is a definite go for Singapore on June 12 and could not say if that decision would be made after Trump reads Kim Jong Un's letter.

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