Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump releases 'very nice' letter from Kim Jong Un

Trump releases 'very nice' letter from Kim Jong Un

-North Korea relations, despite signs that path-finding diplomacy between the adversaries is running into problems.

Trump included the letter in a tweet Thursday, writing: "A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea".

In publishing the letter, President Trump tweeted: "Great progress being made!"

The letter is dated July 6 - the date when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang and seemingly made little progress in fleshing out details of North Korea's commitment for "complete denuclearization".

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un pictured during their summit in Singapore on June 12. The North Korean leader also agreed to repatriate the remains of United States troops who died during the Korean War six decades ago.

North Korean officials denounced the meeting at its conclusion, accusing the US of having a "gangster-like" attitude in negotiations.

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said North Korea has now offered to meet the delegation on Sunday. "We will be ready", she said in a statement.

Representatives of the US and North Korea were expected to have working-level talks at the inter-Korean border truce village of Panmunjom on Thursday to hash out the details of the repatriation, but the discussions did not occur. Pyongyang has asked the UN Command Armistice Commission to upgrade the talks to a higher level to include a US general, South Korea's foreign ministry said.

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Both of those accords were the result of years of painstaking diplomacy by European leaders - and Trump unilaterally trashed them. Trump as a baby and they've already declared victory by noting that the President is largely avoiding London during his visit.

Pompeo told reporters after his visit to North Korea last week that the meeting in the truce village Panmunjom was set for Thursday but "could move by one day or two".

According to Choi's source, the North Korean government says it has already unofficially presented its findings to Japan, but Kim has ordered the probe outcome to be explained again since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration claims to have never been briefed about it.

Pompeo gave a rosier readout.

Attached were two images of the letter - one in Korean and the other an English translation.

"Wishing that the invariable trust and confidence in Your Excellency Mr. President will be further strengthened in the future process of taking practical actions", wrote Kim.

Speaking hours earlier at a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, Trump pointed to North Korea's suspension of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile testing in the past eight months as a sign of progress in efforts to denuclearize the regime.

Trump has sought to cast his summit with Kim as a major victory, although reports have suggested North Korea is continuing with its nuclear programme and promises of "denuclearisation" remain vague.

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