Month After Summit, Trump Tweets "Very Nice" Letter From Kim Jong

Month After Summit, Trump Tweets

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday revealed a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that expressed hope for further progress in bilateral ties.

"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".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang on July 6 and seemingly made little progress in fleshing out details of North Korea's commitment for "complete denuclearisation". 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.

Trump was in London to meet with United Kingdom leaders after leaving the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Belgium, when he tweeted Kim's letter.

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There was no call or explanation from North Korean officials on why they skipped the meeting.

Last month, Trump said North Korea had agreed to give back the remains of thousands of soldiers, and that the transfer had already begun, a claim Pompeo later corrected before a U.S. Senate committee.

Representatives of the two countries had been poised to meet in Panmunjom, which is regarded as the truce village on the inter-Korean border.

Trump posted the image of the Korean-language letter from Kim with its English translation. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said North Korea has now offered to meet the delegation on Sunday. A total of 7,697 personnel remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

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Trump himself has remained upbeat about the outcome of the first summit between the leaders of the US and North Korea.

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.

"The U.S. side had had discussions with the North with an aim to hold the talks as early as July 12, but it appeared that the North was not ready for the talks", the source told Yonhap News Agency on condition of anonymity.

On Monday, the president shared his confidence that the North Korean leader would live up to the agreement both leaders signed in Singapore.

CNN reported last month that the Trump administration is expecting North Korea to return up to 200 sets of remains and that planning for the exchange has been underway.

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