Trump shares letter from Kim, touts progress in talks

Kim Jong-un sends Trump ‘a very nice note,’ says nothing about denuclearization

Kim Jong-un sends Trump ‘a very nice note,’ says nothing about denuclearization

What was in Kim's letter?

During an official visit to Britain, Trump posted images of the Korean-language letter from Kim and its English translation.

"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".

Mr. Pompeo denied that the talks went poorly, telling pool reporters that progress was made "in every element of our discussions". He did not elaborate.

In the letter, Kim refers to Trump as "Your Excellency Mr. President", hailing the summit as the "start of a meaningful journey" toward warmer relations between the US and North Korea.

In return, Washington agreed to halt United States military exercises in South Korea. On Tuesday, North Korean state media published several reports about Kim's visit to a rural area near the Chinese border where he provided "field guidance" to potato farmers.

North Korean officials denounced the meeting at its conclusion, accusing the USA of having a "gangster-like" attitude in negotiations.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo received a chilly reception last week after travelling to Pyongyang for denuclearisation talks.

Pompeo said just before leaving Pyongyang last Saturday that the meeting was set for July 12, but "could move by one day or two".

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State Department officials had said that the meeting would likely take place on July 12, though they added that the date could shift.

What about the planned repatriation meeting?

"We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea".

Trump said last month that the North Koreans had "already sent back, or are in the process of sending back, the remains of our great heroes".

"We had a productive conversation", the USA top diplomat said, but added, "There remains a great deal of work to do".

But North Korea's delegation failed show up.

In another development on Thursday, the USA accused North Korea of violating a United Nations sanctions cap on refined oil products.

Citing an unidentified South Korean official, Yonhap reported that the North Koreans wanted to speak with an American general, possibly as early as Sunday. If that approach doesn't work with Kim, then it's pretty safe to say nothing will - and we haven't lost anything with this strategy even if that's the case.

The repatriation of the remains of US soldiers from North Korea has been a major issue between Washington and Pyongyang since the end of the Korean War, when thousands of Americans were left in Korea either missing in action or as prisoners of war.

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