Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Kim praises 'extraordinary' Trump in letter

Kim praises 'extraordinary' Trump in letter

The delay has fuelled growing doubts about the success of the Singapore summit.

The illegal supplies were provided through ship-to-ship transfers at sea using North Korean tankers, according to the report.

What was in Kim's letter?

Attached were two images of the letter - one in Korean and the other an English translation.

Mr Kim says that "the epochal progress" in promoting bilateral ties "will bring our next meeting forward".

While in Brussels for the annual NATO summit on Thursday, both Trump and Pompeo expressed confidence in the diplomatic process with North Korea despite lacking of tangible signs of progress. He did not elaborate.

Trump has repeatedly voiced optimism that Kim will dismantle the regime's nuclear weapons program despite recent news reports that North Korea continues to expand its nuclear facilities.

Trump unilaterally made a decision to suspend military drills with South Korea, which could potentially wither and undermine the rationale behind an important United States foothold in Asia.

Shortly after Pompeo left, North Korea lashed out at the USA for making a "unilateral and gangster-like" demand for complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.

A statement, by an unnamed foreign ministry official, gave a starkly different account from one provided just hours before by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who attended the talks.

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. Kim mentioned that Trump had referred to him as "Rocket Man" past year when North Korea was engaging in nuclear tests and missile launches.

What about the planned repatriation meeting?

The U.S. Defense Department has estimated that 7,700 troops are still unaccounted for from the war, with 5,300 believed to have been killed north of the 38th parallel, the border between North and South Korea.

Kim made that commitment when he met Mr Trump in Singapore last month.

CNN reported last month that the Trump administration is expecting North Korea to return up to 200 sets of remains and that planning for the exchange has been underway.

It's nearly certainly no coincidence that this report happened to be available at the very moment when North Korea exhibited balkiness in the negotiations.

Pentagon officials said the request for general-level military negotiations was unexpected.

However, according to the U.S. State Department, . the North contacted the U.S. side, offering to hold the talks on Sunday instead.

Like this: