Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump releases ‘very nice’ letter from Kim Jong Un

Trump releases ‘very nice’ letter from Kim Jong Un

Trump called the drills "provocative" after a historic meeting with North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un last month and argued the US would "save a fortune by not doing war games" in a tweet.

North Korea is in full retreat from dictator Kim Jong Un's promises to President Trump after their sitdown last month.

Kim also voices hope "the invariable trust and confidence in Your Excellency Mr President will be further strengthened in the future process of taking practical actions".

The letter is dated July 6, which coincides with when US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang and seemingly made little progress in fleshing out details of North Korea's commitment to denuclearisation.

South Korea's Foreign Ministry said North Korean military officials were now seeking a meeting Sunday on repatriating the remains of the war dead, with Pyongyang wanting to discuss the issue with a US military general.

US and North Korean officials met at the border between the two Koreas on Sunday to discuss the return of remains of American soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, according to a media report.

He was referring the summit statement signed by the two leaders - the first-ever US-North Korean summit - in which Kim agreed in broad terms to "work toward denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.

Michael Minihan, an Air Force major general at U.S. Forces Korea who doubles as chief of staff for the U.N. Command (UNC), was representing the U.S. side and his counterpart is expected to be a military commander stationed in the DMZ, the news agency said.

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In this context, he also spoke of the Government e-Marketplace (GeM), growth of digital transactions, BHIM App, and RuPay cards. This comes at a time when smartphone users in the country are about to touch the 340 million mark by the end of this year.

Seoul's Defense Ministry said the remains of an unidentified allied soldier, presumably American, found in South Korea in 2016, will be sent to the United States.

"Great progress being made", Trump said in a tweet that included a copy of the letter in Korean and an English translation.

Trump is making the letter public at a time when his North Korea claims are coming under question.

Thursday also marked the completion of one month since Trump held a historic summit with Kim in Singapore.

The talks lasted for about two hours, sources said.

Dozens of wooden coffins to carry the American remains have reportedly been brought to the southern side of the border in recent weeks. "But if it wants to be involved but is excluded, China will try to delay the process by wielding influence over North Korea", he said.

"We will be ready", Nauert told reporters aboard Pompeo's plane, as the top U.S. diplomat flew home to Washington after attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

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