Trump Receives Letter from North Korea's Kim

Marsha Scott
August 3, 2018

"A letter to President Trump from Chairman Kim was received on August 1".

The Post also reported that North Korean officials have talked about how they plan to deceive the USA about the size of their arsenal of missiles and nuclear warheads and facilities.

Trump and Kim met in Singapore in June, where they announced an agreement in which Kim reaffirmed his "unwavering" commitment to denuclearize.

In a solemn ceremony, the United States welcomed home on Wednesday human remains it said presumably included Americans killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War, and thanked North Korea for making good on a June summit pledge to hand them over.

The pledge to return the remains of USA soldiers was made during a landmark summit between Trump and Kim in June in Singapore, where North Korea committed to work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Location information accompanying the boxes suggested most of the remains are those of U.S. Army soldiers who fought in the famous 1950 Battle of Chosin Reservoir. The last time North Korea handed over remains, in 2007, the country transferred six boxes, out of which seven individuals were identified, he said. Byrd said he couldn't say how long it would take to make a first identification or identify all of the remains.

More than 7,700 USA troops remain unaccounted for from the Korea War.

Byrd cautioned that. "at this point, at least, there's no way to tell" how many more sets of remains the North Koreans might already have in their possession.

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US intelligence agencies are seeing signs of construction of missiles at a factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, The Washington Post reported earlier this week, citing intel sources.

The latest letter from Kim arrived as concerns rise about North Korea's ballistic missile programme and commitment to denuclearisation.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was headed to an Asian security meeting in Singapore, where a meeting this weekend with North Korea's foreign minister was possible. While North Korea at times has unilaterally handed over boxes of remains, as the country did this week, more fruitful in the eyes of US officials have been joint efforts to find and recover remains with American personnel on the ground.

But he declined to comment on intelligence about any other North Korean research activities when speaking to reporters on Wednesday.

He aded: 'We are very hopeful that in today's events there is further evidence that promises made in Singapore by North Korea will be kept'.

But there are reports North Korea continues to build nuclear missiles.

The Pentagon said last week it was considering the possibility of sending personnel to North Korea to search for additional remains.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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