Trump tweets ‘very nice note’ he received from Kim Jong Un

Leroy Wright
July 14, 2018

Kim meeting Trump fulfilled an important foreign policy goal for North Korea, and China, its main trading partner, has been observed resuming trade with Pyongyang. Reports say North Korea is now asking for higher-level talks for Sunday.

It had been expected at the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom.

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

That was the day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived for two days of meetings with top North Korean officials, which ended on a sour note after Pyongyang blasted the USA side over a "unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization".

On June 20, Trump erroneously said 200 human remains had already "been sent back" from North Korea.

An estimated 30,000 United States soldiers died in the Korean war.

There was widespread speculation that Pompeo would return with the remains following his visit to Pyongyang, but that did not happen.

"These sales and any other transfer must immediately stop since the United States believes the DPRK has breached the. refined petroleum products quota for 2018", reads the US report to the UN that AFP has seen.

When the U.S. officials called the North Korean side at Panmunjom later Thursday, it proposed a generals' meeting with the United States on Sunday, South Korean officials said.

Ahead of the summit in Singapore, North Korean officials had failed to attend a planning meeting with their USA counterparts, causing tension between the two negotiating partners.

At high-level talks last week, North Korea and the US confirmed they are still poles apart on the next steps to be taken in the process. But as far as his relationship with North Korea is concerned, it looks like the president believes things are going along just peachy. In its statement Saturday, the North envisaged "simultaneous" steps by the two sides and a declaration on ending the 1950-53 Korean War, for which a peace treaty was never signed.

The war dead talks were expected to be led by military officials, not the diplomats who are handling nuclear negotiations.

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Earlier Thursday, Trump expressed optimism over the course of bilateral ties, despite concern in Washington and beyond that Kim may not abandon his nuclear weapons.

Mr Trump tweeted the Korean letter and an English translation on Thursday evening, saying: "A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea".

Despite such setbacks, Trump has continued to maintain that progress is being made.

On Thursday, after he arrived in Britain following the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, Trump disclosed that he had received a letter from Kim Jong-un.

On July 6, when Pompeo was in North Korea, The Wall Street Journal reported that evidence gathered by South Korea's military found North Korea working on a submarine that could launch nuclear missiles.

Kim, in his note, praised Trump for "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".

President Donald Trump has touted the return of remains as one of the major achievements of his Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The Defense Department estimates there are up to 5,300 sets of U.S. service member remains still somewhere in North Korea. Trump agreed to provide "security guarantees" to North Korea and both countries agreed to renew relations.

Instead, North Korea appears as though it's conducting business as usual.

That meeting concluded with North Korean state media calling the U.S. approach "cancerous" and "gangster-like".

While Pompeo said those talks were making progress, North Korea angrily accused Washington of making "gangster-like" demands for quick denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

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