Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Trump tweets 'very nice note' from North Korea's Kim Jong Un

Trump tweets 'very nice note' from North Korea's Kim Jong Un

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walk together before their working lunch during their summit at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore June 12, 2018.

According to the Pentagon, North Korean officials have indicated in the past that they have the remains of as many as 200 U.S. troops.

The source said that Kim did not see any need to hold dialogue with Japan before his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April, instead favoring relations with the United States, China and Russian Federation.

This latest incident comes shortly after Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang resulted in North Korea accusing Pompeo of making a "unilateral and gangster-like demand for nuclearization".

In fact, it appears to echo concerns that Trump did nothing more than give up a bunch of concessions without having Kim commit to a hardline stance on dismantling his country's nuclear ambitions. Although Pompeo insisted progress continued to be made, North Korea accused the United States of making "gangster-like" demands.

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The repatriation of the remains of USA 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. Kim committed in the meeting to the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for security guarantees from the US.

Sanctions imposed by the United Nations in December placed a cap on refined oil exports to North Korea at 500,000 barrels annually.

There are about 7,700 USA soldiers classified as missing in action from the war.

One observer pointed out that Trump would have likely criticized his response to North Korea had it been the reaction of another president.

The Department of Defense estimates that North Korea is holding about 200 sets of remains from some 5,300 American military personnel believed missing in the country.

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Pompeo insisted the talks were making progress but as soon as he left, the North's foreign ministry berated him over his "unilateral and gangster-like" demands and for offering no constructive steps on the U.S. side.

In the translated letter, dated July 6, Mr. Kim praised his relationship with Mr. Trump and said the Singapore summit was "indeed the start of a meaningful journey".

Mr Pompeo had said progress was made during his two-day visit to Pyongyang. The expected North Korean officials never arrived, according to the official who requested anonymity as he was not permitted to talk publicly about the event.

North Korea has imposed a testing moratorium, with the last missile test occurring on November 28, and it destroyed its main nuclear testing facility, although experts say those moves could be reversed.

Kim made that commitment when he met Mr Trump in Singapore last month.

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