Kim praises 'extraordinary' Trump in letter

Kim praises 'extraordinary' Trump in letter

U.S. President Donald Trump was very proud of winning a pledge from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at their summit in June to hand over the remains, and it was one of very few concrete measures in an agreement they signed.

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.

It comes after Mr Trump released a "very nice note" from Mr Kim, signalling his optimism about efforts to end the nuclear stand-off with North Korea.

Thursday's developments follow Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang last week, which was meant to make progress on a denuclearization agreement with North Korea.

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 United States or allied service members following his summit with Kim.

The letter made no mention of North Korea's plans to denuclearize.

U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., has asked Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats whether the statements from Trump match North Korea progress, CBS News reported.

North Korean officials didn't show up for a planned meeting with USA counterparts to discuss returning the remains of American war dead, South Korean media reported, in the latest sign of tensions between the two sides.

The U.S. and North Korea have actually yet to reach any agreement on the terms under which the North would relinquish its weapons programs, beyond the North's commitment at the summit "to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". "Great progress being made".

"Mid-day, on July the 12th, they contacted us and offered to meet on Sunday, July 15", Nauert said in a statement, adding "We'll be ready". A total of 7,697 personnel remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

Trump himself has remained upbeat about the outcome of the first summit between the leaders of the US and North Korea.

-North Korea relations worsened over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

But North Korea has yet to comply with demands for full denuclearization or to decommission a missile engine test site, says former negotiator Victor Cha, the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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

Mr Kim had agreed during the summit with President Trump to recover "POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified".

The White House had said earlier Pompeo would meet with the leader, but the encounter did not materialise and the top United States diplomat only met with Kim Yong Chol.

But Pyongyang warned that the future of the peace process was being jeopardised by "unilateral and gangster-like" United States demands.

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