Envoy gave Trump ‘special message’ from Kim: official

A South Korean envoy gave U.S. President Donald Trump a "special message" from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in addition to his invitation to a summit, a senior official said Friday.

The South Korean government official declined to disclose the contents of the message, saying it was meant to be an exchange between two leaders, but indicated there was more to Kim's oral message than what was conveyed by the envoy, Chung Eui-yong.

"Kim asked (Chung) to deliver a special message to President Trump," the official told reporters on the condition of anonymity. "It was part of (Kim's) effort to build trust toward a summit (with Trump)."

Trump accepted the summit Thursday after he was briefed by Chung, South Korea's national security adviser, on the latter's meeting with Kim earlier this week.

Kim said he was committed to denuclearization and promised to refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests, according to Chung.

Asked if the special message was related to the denuclearization pledge, the official said, "It was very comprehensive."

Trump showed a "very positive" response, he added.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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