US President Donald Trump on Friday said the highly anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is back on as originally scheduled.
"We'll be meeting in Singapore on June 12," Trump said.
"It will be a beginning," he added, seemingly suggesting it will take some time for the US to convince North Korea to agree to denuclearisation.
"I think you'll have a very positive result in the end," Trump said, emphasising that the talks with North Korea will be a "process."
Trump said he told North Korea, "take your time — we can go fast, we can go slowly," adding he will cease using the phrase "maximum pressure" regarding his administration's approach to the country and its nuclear program moving forward.
Trump's comments came after a visit from a high-ranking North Korea official who delivered him a letter from Kim. The president told reporters he had not yet opened the letter from the North Korea leader, though roughly 10 minutes before he said that, he seemed to suggest he had, in fact, read the letter.
"It was a very nice letter," Trump said. "At some point may be I'll be able to give it to you, and maybe you'll see it soon."
In late May, Trump canceled the summit with Kim over aggressive comments made by the North Korean government. But the two countries have been racing to save the talks ever since.
Trump's Friday meeting with Kim Yong Chol, the rogue state's former intelligence chief and the vice chairman of North Korea's Party Central Committee, lasted roughly an hour. The US President said they did not discuss human rights violations in North Korea, but that it could come up during the June 12 summit.