Trump shares 'very nice' letter from North Korea's Kim

Trump shares 'very nice' letter from North Korea's Kim

Trump shares 'very nice' letter from North Korea's Kim

Trump posted the Korean and English versions of the letter on Twitter, describing it as a "a very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea".

Shortly after the apparent setback was reported, President Trump tweeted the translation of a letter he had received from Mr Kim, in which the North Korean leader said: "I deeply appreciate the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr President".

At the Singapore summit on 12 June, Mr Trump and Mr Kim signed a document that included a pledge from North Korea to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons.

The date of the letter suggests it may have been sent around the time of Secretary of State Michael Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang last week, in which the United States and North Korea struggled to make headway on the denuclearisation issue.

Pompeo said his counterpart Kim Yong Chol in North Korea "made a commitment" that North Korea intends "to denuclearize".

Earlier on Thursday, the USA asked the UN Security Council to order an immediate halt to all deliveries of refined oil products to North Korea after finding that Pyongyang had violated restrictions on those imports, according to documents seen by AFP on Thursday.

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Pompeo's reception in Pyongyang last week was chillier than during his previous two trips to the North Korean capital and he didn't meet with Kim Jong Un.

North Korea failed to show up Thursday for talks with US officials on returning the remains of American war dead from the Korean War in the early 1950s, a new sign of tension between the two countries.

U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) director Kelly McKeague stated in an interview with Reuters that the agency is "hopeful these discussions on July 12 will lead to further discussions and negotiations directly with the North Koreans by which we can actually get down to the detailed planning".

The Trump administration has insisted that progress is being made. A total of 7,697 personnel remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

North Korean representatives didn't show up for scheduled talks with the US about returning the remains of fallen American soldiers. Under U.N. sanctions, North Korea is allowed to import 500,000 barrels of oil products only and 4 million barrels of crude oil each year. The US did not say which countries were illicitly providing Pyongyang with the products.

It does not, however, give any mention to the end of North Korea's nuclear program, nor the end of the country's regular human rights abuses. "The U.S.is fatally mistaken if it went to the extent of regarding that [North Korea] would be compelled to accept, out of its patience, demands reflecting its gangster-like mindset".

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