Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Kim Jong-un sends pointless letter to his new pal Donald Trump

Kim Jong-un sends pointless letter to his new pal Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump said he received a note from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in which Mr Kim said he believed their efforts to improve relations will succeed.

President Trump shared a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Thursday, praising the work being done with that country.

Trump, in a tweet acknowledging the letter, described it as "a very nice note" adding, "great progress being made".

Several days previously, Pyongyang had slated the United States for seeking unilateral and forced denuclearization from North Korea.

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American officials had expected North Korean negotiators to appear for discussions at the Korean Peninsula's demilitarized zone after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo thought he had reached an agreement for a meeting when he held discussions last week in Pyongyang about North Korea's pledge to end its nuclear weapons program.

Pompeo said just before leaving Pyongyang last Saturday that the meeting was set for July 12, but "could move by one day or two". "We will be ready", she said in a statement. "Great progress being made", Trump said in a Tweet.

Pyongyang has consistently demanded a more gradual process based on developing mutual trust. "We had anticipated the USA side would come with a constructive idea, thinking we would take something in return", a foreign ministry official said in a statement.

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

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According to a copy of the report seen by The Washington Post, U.S. officials calculated that even if the tankers carried only one-third of their full load, North Korea would have already exceeded the annual quota of 500,000 barrels allowed under United Nations sanctions. Recent reports suggest that the North has continued to expand infrastructure at nuclear and missile sites and that US intelligence assesses that the North does not intend to fully denuclearize.

In a statement released to reporters on Thursday, South Korea's Foreign Ministry said that North Korean military officials were now seeking a meeting with their US counterparts on July 15. About 100 wooden transport cases were sent to the DMZ in recent weeks to prepare for receiving U.S. troop remains.

Kim called Trump "Your Excellency" four times and said he's looking forward to their next meeting.

A confidential United States report sent to a United Nations sanctions committee estimated that at least 759,793 barrels of oil products had been delivered to North Korea between January 1 and May 30, well above the annual quota set at 500,000 barrels.

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If realized, they will be the first general-level military talks between North Korea and the UNC since March 2009.

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