The White House likely arranged the visit while top North Korean negotiator Kim Yong Chol visited the White House Friday. The "former spymaster" is often said to be Kim's "right-hand man," per BBC, and was scheduled to visit in November before the plan was canceled amid North Korea's announced weapons test.
Trump and Kim Yong Chol talked about denuclearization, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said — a goal that has seen little public progress since Kim and Trump first met last June in Singapore and signed some form of denuclearization agreement. North Korea has since pushed for the U.S. to lift sanctions before it agrees to any denuclearization deal, Al Jazeera notes.
Kim Yong Chol also came to the U.S. just before Trump's last meetup with the North Korean leader, delivering a letter that seemingly got the on-again, off-again summit reinstated, BBC says. Trump sent a letter to Kim last week, seemingly indicating a second talk was close to being finalized, and Kim Yong Chol brought one back on Friday. Kathryn Krawczyk