Trump tweets 'very nice note' from Kim

13 July, 2018, 04:56 | Author: Diane Mills
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Trump wrote: 'A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea.

He shared the four-paragraph letter on Twitter, in which Mr Kim describes their 12 June summit - and the resulting joint statement - as the "start of a meaningful journey".

"I firmly believe that the strong will, honest efforts and unique approach.aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the U.S. will surely come to fruition".

Mr Kim agreed in broad terms to "work toward denuclearisation" of the Korean Peninsula when he met Mr Trump in Singapore last month.

North Korea reportedly has the remains of about 5,300 United States soldiers who were killed during the Korean War, which ended with an armistice in 1953.

Whether the meeting - the first time leaders of the U.S. and North Korea have met - has paved the way for peace (and delivers Trump a Nobel) is hotly disputed. "We will be ready", she told reporters aboard Pompeo's plane, as the top USA diplomat flew home to Washington after attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Pompeo has insisted that a raft of tough economic sanctions imposed on North Korea would remain in place until "final, fully verified denuclearization" occurs. Although Pompeo called the meetings "productive", North Korea said the lack of emphasis on security guarantees was "regretful".

One problem - no North Korean officials showed up, The New York Times reported.

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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.

North Korea, meanwhile, lashed out at Washington for presenting "gangster-like demands" for complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.

Mr Pompeo had said a Pentagon team would meet with the North's officials on or around Thursday at the inter-Korea border to discuss the repatriation.

"We have to see the USA defense ministry's response, but the UNC reportedly gave a positive signal to North Korea, so there is a good chance of the talks taking place on Sunday", the source said.

There is speculation that North Korea may also want payment for the return of the remains, our correspondent adds.

"The US wanted to have talks as early as 12 July but the North did not seem to be ready", an unnamed Seoul official said.

However, recovery efforts were suspended when the relationship between both countries worsened, as the North began the advancement of its nuclear programme.

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