Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Trump receives new letter from Kim Jong Un

President Trump speaks during a meeting with inner-city pastors at the White House on Wednesday President Trump speaks during a meeting with inner-city pastors at the White House on Wednesday
Jay Anderson | 03 August, 2018, 15:39

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump had received a letter from Kim on Wednesday and had responded with a note that should be delivered shortly.

US President Donald Trump received a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday that followed up on their recent discussions about denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, the White House said on Thursday (Aug 2).

Meanwhile, the USA says it is open to discussions about a second meeting between Trump and Kim, . although nothing has been planned yet.

The audience, which was made up by Vice President Mike Pence and Korean War veterans, watched as each of the American flag draped caskets was offloaded and brought into Hanger 19.

Trump mentioned the letter in a tweet earlier Thursday as he thanked Kim for returning the remains of presumed American soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.

McKeague said North Korea did not receive any payment for the transfer this week.

Only one identification "dog tag" was delivered by the North Koreans, underscoring the long path ahead for US military efforts to identify the remains inside the 55 boxes presented by North Korea to the United States last week.

"Chairman Kim made a commitment to denuclearize", Pompeo said.




The U.S. military sent 200 boxes to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea in anticipation of the latest transfer, but North Korea handed over only 55 boxes, McKeague said, explaining that U.S. officials didn't know the specifics in advance. U.S. Marines also fought in the famous battle, but mainly along the reservoir's western side. North Korea returned the remains of 55 American soldiers.

The long-awaited repatriation comes after Trump first negotiated the deal at a landmark Singapore summit between the two leaders on June 12.

Experts say that the painstaking identification process could take anywhere between days to decades to complete.

Pompeo thanked ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at a meeting in Singapore for their efforts in enforcing sanctions on North Korea.

On Monday, a senior US official said USA spy satellites had detected renewed activity at the North Korean factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States. He said during a Tuesday rally in Tampa, Florida, that the USA was "doing well" with North Korea and noted the return of detained Americans and Pyongyang's ceasing of nuclear testing or missile tests.

McKeague did not say whether the United States would continue reimbursing North Korea, should field operations in the country resume.

Last Friday, . coinciding with the anniversary of the signing of Armistice Agreement, . Following the summit, satellite footage clearly showed that North Korea was increasing its nuclear research with upgraded facilities.

The Pentagon said last week it was considering the possibility of sending personnel to North Korea to search for additional remains.

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