Trump tweets friendly letter from Kim Jong Un

Cheryl Sanders
July 13, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) arrive to sign a document to acknowledge the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

Kim also expressed optimism that "the strong will, honest efforts and unique approach" by the two leaders will open up a "new future" between the US and the North.

In the translated letter, dated July 6, Mr. Kim praised his relationship with Mr. Trump and said the Singapore summit was "indeed the start of a meaningful journey".

Pompeo characterized the talks as progressive, asserting that North Korea did not "push back" on denuclearization.

A U.S. official waited at the border of the village but no North Korean official showed up, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. About 100 wooden transport cases were sent to the DMZ in recent weeks to prepare for receiving U.S. troop remains.

The return of U.S. remains was one of the key agreements to come from U.S. President Donald Trump's June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The South Korean government is "constantly in contact with its US counterpart" about progress of the talks on war remains repatriation, said Roh Kyu-deok, a spokesman for South Korea's Foreign Ministry, but it declined to comment on any details about the issue.

"In effect, Kim Jong Un is saying that the United States - not North Korea - needs to take actions to "further strengthen" the "invariable trust and confidence".

Mr. Pompeo denied that the talks went poorly, telling pool reporters that progress was made "in every element of our discussions". 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.

While the details are unclear, a setback on talks over the remains wouldn't bode well for broader negotiations about North Korea's nuclear program.

The United States sent a DNA sample of the South Korean soldier's remains earlier this year that confirmed him as Yun. Pompeo and his delegation had just traveled to North Korea to meet with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol.

The US later said that North Korea had offered to meet on 15 July.

But there's growing skepticism in Washington over the Trump administration's engagement with North Korea.

During an official visit to Britain, Trump posted images of the Korean-language letter from Kim and its English translation.

Since the June 12 meeting, however, Pyongyang has yet to show any sign of concrete action to dismantle its nuclear programme that has brought a series of United Nations and global sanctions against the impoverished state. It recoiled at what it described as a "unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization".

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