North Korea's Kim Sends Auspicious Letter to Trump, Floats Another Meeting

North Korea's Kim Sends Auspicious Letter to Trump, Floats Another Meeting

US President Donald Trump has published a letter from Kim Jong-un, in which North Korea's leader voices hopes for a "new future" in bilateral relations.

In his note, Kim offered no reassurances that he is committed to relinquishing his country's nuclear weapons or ballistic missile arsenal, referring more generally to "the faithful implementation of the joint statement" agreed to in Singapore.

Kim gave the directive after his historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore last month, said Choi Sung Yong, head of a group representing families of South Koreans abducted by North Korea, citing an informed source in the North's capital.

And last weekend U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to Pyongyang to follow up on that and other agreements, including North Korea's commitment to the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.

The message came after Secretary of State Michael Pompeo returned from his third visit to North Korea.

Separately, the U.S. has accused North Korea of violating a United Nations sanctions cap on refined oil products.

But at the border village of Panmunjom on Thursday, the North Koreans were a no-show for their scheduled working-level talks with US officials on the repatriation of American troops killed in the North during the Korean War.

Following his historic meeting with Mr Kim in Singapore, Mr Trump offered unspecified "security guarantees" to North Korea and said the U.S. would cease war-game exercises with the South.

That meeting concluded with North Korean state media calling the U.S. approach "cancerous" and "gangster-like".

The Trump administration has insisted that progress is being made.

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The U.S. also risks giving the North Koreans leverage to continue diplomacy and drag out disarmament talks.

Pompeo, Trump's point person for all things North Korea, conceded Washington and Pyongyang "still have a long ways to go".

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

Satellite imagery appears to show a that nuclear weapons manufacturing facility in the secretive country has been strengthened and improved in recent weeks. Roughly 5,300 United States troops presumed to have been killed in the Korean war are unaccounted for.

The Pentagon says Pyongyang has indicated several times they have as many as 200 sets of remains that could be those of United States soldiers who died in the war.

"We will be ready", Nauert said.

Pyongyang has consistently demanded a more gradual process based on developing mutual trust.

On June 20, Trump erroneously said 200 human remains had already "been sent back" from North Korea.

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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