Trump releases letter from Kim Jong Un, touts "great progress"

Marsha Scott
July 13, 2018

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has a "little gift" for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but wouldn't reveal what it is.

When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang last weekend, he was supposed to have a one-on-one meeting with Kim Jong-un.

President Trump and Kim Jong Un during the Singapore summit.

Kim said he hoped the process between the two sides would lead to "practical actions" in the future, though he offered no specifics, and that there would be a second meeting between the two leaders.

His top deputy, who took the meeting in Kim's absence, said his boss was out of town without revealing what was more important than a sit-down with the top USA diplomat.

Foreign ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk said, "The government hopes the agreements reached between leaders at the North Korea-U.S. summit, including the repatriation of Korean War remains, will be swiftly carried out as a means to fulfill the objective of complete denuclearization and establishment of a peace system on the Korean Peninsula".

"A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea".

During Mr Pompeo's trip relations between the USA and North Korea appeared to take a dive as Pyongyang accused the United States of a "gangster-like mindset" during the high-level negotiations.

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Shortly after the apparent setback was reported, President Trump tweeted the translation of a letter he had received from Mr Kim, in which the North Korean leader said: "I deeply appreciate the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr President".

The Trump administration has insisted that progress is being made.

Speaking to Fox News about the possibility of a Kim visit to the White House, Trump said last month that such a visit "could happen", and added that he and Kim "had good chemistry".

North Korea has said eight of the 17 - including Megumi Yokota, who disappeared while heading home from school when she was 13 - have already died, while four never entered the country, an account Japan has dismissed as unreliable.

But Pentagon officials cautioned it is unclear just how much North Korea is preparing to hand over.

The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, also downplayed the North Koreans' antics, stating it was all part of Pyongyang's "strategy" toward extracting more concessions from the United States.

With the meeting not taking place, the UNC reportedly made a phone call and North Koreans responded by saying that they needed to upgrade the "level" of the talks.

President Donald Trump held a first meeting with Kim in Singapore on June 11 of this year to discuss denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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