Trump expecting to receive letter from North Korea's Kim

Marsha Scott
September 9, 2018

Frustrated with the lack of progress, Trump last month cancelled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang after the North reportedly sent a belligerent letter to the U.S. leader.

Moon, who brokered the historic summit between Kim and Trump in Singapore, said he had "high hopes" for his next meeting with the North's leader to achieve a similar feat.

Earlier on Friday, generals from the United States and North Korea met at the Korean border to discuss the recovery of the remains of USA service members killed in the Korean War, a senior US official said.

"Does the so-called 'Senior Administration Official" really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?' Trump tweeted hours after the newspaper published the piece.

Now the question is whether Kim's latest direct message to President Trump could reignite the once-stalled denuclearization talks between the two sides. We will get it done together!' Trump writes on Twitter.

Prof Shi noted that China needs to strengthen its relations with North Korea which are fragile although they are improving after reaching a low point previous year.

A State Department official is confirming that Pompeo has the letter. (See Donald Trump's Executive Orders of 20 September 2017 and 23 June 2018.) Our Orion will be helping implement American sanctions, not just the United Nations sanctions.

He visited Pyongyang in July, after which North Korea accused him of making "unilateral and gangster-like demands for denuclearisation". The North Korean leader cited his dismantlement of a key nuclear test site and his suspension of missile tests.

Pompeo, who is now visiting India, was a tad less enthusiastic.

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The two pledged to denuclearise the Korean peninsula at the Singapore meeting but no details were agreed, and Washington and Pyongyang have sparred since on what that means and how it will be achieved.

"Additionally, because of our much tougher trading stance with China, I do not believe they are helping with the process of denuclearization as they once were", Trump said at the time.

North Korea's official KCNA news agency said Kim told Chung and other envoys that it was his "fixed stand" to turn the Korean peninsula into "the cradle of peace without nuclear weapons and free from nuclear threat". He said this position is risky for South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

"He said he would appreciate that such good faith is accepted with good faith", Chung said.

Kim said he would take "more active" measures toward denuclearization if his moves were met with similar measures, Chung said. He said not enough progress had been made toward denuclearization. Chung later spoke to Bolton and gave him a "comprehensive report", the NSC official said.

The United States has 28,500 troops in South Korea and Trump has said in the past it should consider reducing the number unless Seoul shoulders more of the cost.

The first letter, which Trump evaluated as "very nice",. salvaged the nearly canceled North Korea-U.S. summit in Singapore in mid-June. Moon has made an end-of-war declaration an important premise of his peace agenda with North Korea.

"While these talks are military-to-military and scheduled to be confined to the repatriation issue, having some progress on any front would be welcome", the USA official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea studies professor at Dongguk University, said that Kim Jong Un needed a peace declaration to justify further measures to military hawks at home.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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