Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

KIM SPEAKS: Kim Jong Un Praises 'EXTRAORDINARY' Trump in New Letter

KIM SPEAKS: Kim Jong Un Praises 'EXTRAORDINARY' Trump in New Letter

The development is likely to fuel growing skepticism over North Korea's commitment to a complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula as promised during last month's meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

The North's state media normally lead their television bulletins and front pages with Kim's doings, but a seven-day absence from the headlines, including during Pompeo's visit, had prompted speculation on his whereabouts among Korea-watchers.

In a tweet, Trump posted copies of the note - both in Korean and translated into English - in which Kim states that the summit was the "start of a meaningful journey" and that a "new future" between the United States and North Korea "will surely come to fruition".

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walk together before their working lunch during their summit at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore June 12, 2018.

An estimated 30,000 USA soldiers died in the 1950-53 Korean war.

"North Korea not showing up could be an expression of dissatisfaction toward the US for making excessive demands in the high-level talks last week", Kyungnam University professor Kim Dong-yub said".

"This step will build trust & confidence btw US & DPRK", he tweeted on Monday, using the acronym for North Korea's official name.

"I deeply appreciate the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr. President for the improvement of relations between the two countries", the letter read, in part.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said North Korea called at midday Thursday and offered to meet on Sunday instead.

"We will be ready", Nauert said.

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One observer pointed out that Trump would have likely criticized his response to North Korea had it been the reaction of another president.

It was not immediately clear why North Korean officials had not attended the meeting or whether they had ever confirmed their intention to.

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

"North Korea would have to deal with the consequences of breaking away from the negotiations if it were to do so, so it will likely not make an extreme decision", Kim said.

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