Friday, 20 July, 2018

US President Donald Trump tweets 'very nice' letter from Kim Jong

Jay Anderson | 13 July, 2018, 04:55

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday released a letter from Kim Jong Un on Twitter, in which the North Korean leader voices confidence in efforts to end their nuclear standoff while urging Trump to take "practical steps" to build trust.

North Korea accused the United States on Saturday of making "gangster-like" demands in the talks in North Korea, contradicting Pompeo who said the old enemies had made progress.

North Korean officials didn't show up for a planned meeting with USA counterparts to discuss returning the remains of American war dead, South Korean media reported, in the latest sign of tensions between the two sides.

"I deeply appreciate the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr President for the improvement of relations between the two countries and the faithful implementation of the joint statement". 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.

Mr. Kim did not mention any commitments to the denuclearization process, generally commenting on wanting to improve relations between the two nations.

But North Korea's delegation failed show up.

A planned meeting Thursday between North Korean and US officials in the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas to discuss the return of the remains was postponed.

Mr. Trump repeatedly touted that he shared a positive relationship with Mr. Kim, despite North Korean officials criticizing the U.S.in recent weeks.

He also agreed to repatriate remains of U.S. troops who died during the Korean War six decades ago.




Mr Kim had agreed during the summit with President Trump to recover "POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified".

It had been expected on Thursday at the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

The Defense Department estimates there are up to 5,300 sets of US service member remains still somewhere in North Korea.

But skepticism remains over whether North Korea's findings will satisfy Japan.

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.

There are about 7,700 United States soldiers classified as missing in action from the war.

Following the North Koreans' no-show at Thursday's meeting, the U.S. state department said the two delegations had agreed to meet on 15 July.

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

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