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The deadlock regarding the fate of the summit broke after vice-chairman of the North Korean ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, Kim Yong Chol, visited the White House along with a letter written by Kim and met the US President.

It comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow hopes a summit between the two helps defuse tensions.

She added that Trump is getting daily briefings on North Korea in the runup to the landmark meeting.

Following a conciliatory statement issued by North Korea via state media shortly after, Trump reversed his decision and preparations for the summit resumed.

Trump has been trying to bring together the two countries for some months, in a bid to end North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.

Trump ultimately wants Kim to give up his nuclear weapons program, though the US president stressed last week that the process for denuclearization would likely take longer than a single meeting.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday a decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to set up a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "brave and mature", and said that he was expecting a "positive outcome". Moscow offers joint economic projects between North and South Korea.

With days to go before the meeting, it remains unclear whether Pyongyang is willing to take that step, or whether it is using the promise of talks as a way of easing Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign.

Trump cancelled the on-off North Korea summit in late May, blaming the country's "tremendous anger and open hostility".

The U.S. leader has in the past called for a quick denuclearization process but after his talks with the top North Korean official on Friday he said "Take your time".

"I think over time, over time it may be relaxed, but right now I don't think so", he said.

The summit is due to be held following a rapid detente between Pyongyang and Washington - as well as South Korea - in a turn-around from a dramatic escalation of tensions a year ago, when the North ratcheted up its weapons programme.

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