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Donald Trump Publishes Letter from North Korea’s Kim Jong

Donald Trump Publishes Letter from North Korea’s Kim Jong

President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday a flattering letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that followed up on June's historic summit in Singapore.

Kim continued by expressing confidence that "the strong will, honest efforts and unique approach" to bring about a new future between the USA and North Korea would "come to fruition".

Thursday's developments follow Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang last week, which was meant to make progress on a denuclearization agreement with North Korea.

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

"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.

Sanctions imposed by the United Nations in December placed a cap on refined oil exports to North Korea at 500,000 barrels annually.

Roh Kyu-deok, a spokesman for South Korea's Foreign Ministry, said the South Korean government is "constantly in contact with the USA counterpart" about progress of the talks on war remains repatriation, but declined to comment on any details, saying that all inquiries on the issue be directed to the US authorities. "We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea", the president tweeted.




Kim's letter also predates a planned meeting over the return of U.S. remains on Thursday on the North Korean-South Korean border, where American military officials were stood up by their North Korean counterparts. Despite Trump's claims that progress has been made on a denuclearization agreement, no concrete framework has been established between the two leaders to reconcile policy disagreements. 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. But the North Korean leader never showed up during Pompeo's three-day visit.

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

North Korea has not yet decommissioned the engine test site despite President Trump's boasting that this has already been done.

Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency, citing government sources, also reported that Pyongyang proposed holding them at the general-level, . strongly hinting that the North wants a senior US military official present at the negotiations. There is no promise that even these actions, however, would lead the North to abandon permanently its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

While in Brussels for the annual NATO summit on Thursday, both Trump and Pompeo expressed confidence in the diplomatic process with North Korea despite lacking of tangible signs of progress.

"We had expected that the USA side would offer constructive measures that would help build trust based on the spirit of the leaders' summit. we were also thinking about providing reciprocal measures", Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, according to The Associated Press.

The US president shared the missive from the North Korean dictator on Twitter Thursday.