Trump Tweets 'Very Nice Note' From North Korea's Kim Jong Un
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jul 13, 2018,
Jul 13, 2018, 2:06
President Trump on Thursday said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent him a "very nice note" on future relations between the United States and North Korea, days after the Hermit Kingdom slammed "regrettable" talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's delegation.
"Great progress being made", the president said in a tweet that included both a copy of Kim's letter, dated 6 July, and its translation.
The letter made no mention of North Korea's plans to denuclearize.
Kim expresses "invariable trust and confidence" in the president and wishes that "epochal progress" in promoting relations will "bring our next meeting forward".
The White House had earlier said Mr Pompeo would meet with Mr Kim, but he did not turn up and he only met with Kim Yong Chol, the North Korean leader's powerful right-hand man.
The Pentagon says Pyongyang has indicated several times they have as many as 200 sets of remains that could be those of U.S. soldiers who died in the war.
"We have to see the USA defense ministry's response, but the UNC reportedly gave a positive signal to North Korea, so there is a good chance of the talks taking place on Sunday", the source said.
The Trump administration has insisted that progress is being made.
The North, instead, reportedly proposed holding general-level military talks with the United Nations Command (UNC) to discuss returning the war remains to the U.S. It is unknown whether the North Korean side gave any prior notification to the U.S. about this. That's according to documents seen by The Associated Press on Thursday and sent by the U.S.to the Security Council committee monitoring the sanctions.
"We will be ready", Nauert said.
One observer pointed out that Trump would have likely criticized his response to North Korea had it been the reaction of another president.
Kim agreed to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula and destroy a "major" missile testing site during his meeting with Trump.
There was no indication of whether the North Koreans intentionally blew off the meeting.
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.
Last month, Trump told a Republican convention in Las Vegas that North Korea had "already sent back, or are in the process of sending back" the remains of 200 U.S. or allied service members following his summit with Kim.