Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Kim Jong-un sends pointless letter to his new pal Donald Trump

Kim Jong-un sends pointless letter to his new pal Donald Trump

That's when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang and seemingly made little progress in fleshing out details of North Korea's commitment for "complete denuclearization".

Trump has sought to cast his summit with Kim as a major victory, although reports have suggested North Korea is continuing with its nuclear programme and promises of "denuclearisation" remain vague.

The letter was dated July 6, 2018, and was addressed to "H.E. Donald J. Trump", in what appears to be the latest sign that the two men were getting along after making history at the first-ever meeting between a sitting US president and North Korean supreme leader in Singapore last month.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that North Korea had called for general-level military negotiations to discuss the return of US remains.

At the Singapore summit on 12 June, Mr Trump and Mr Kim signed a document that included a pledge from North Korea to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons.

Kim Dong-yup, a South Korean analyst at the Institute for Far East Studies of Kyungnam University, said the message reflects the "continuing trend of trust between President Trump and Kim Jong Un", Newsis reported Friday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered his aides to "re-explain" to Tokyo the findings of a probe into the whereabouts of missing Japanese nationals suspected to have been abducted by Pyongyang decades ago, according to a South Korean activist.

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The letter, sent on July 6, was unveiled exactly a month after Trump and Kim's historic summit in Singapore.

This latest incident comes shortly after Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang resulted in North Korea accusing Pompeo of making a "unilateral and gangster-like demand for nuclearization". Defense Department, United Nations Command (UNC) and U.S. Forces Korea officials were left waiting in the DMZ's Joint Security Area.

North Korea failed to show up Thursday for talks with USA officials on returning the remains of American war dead from the Korean War in the early 1950s, a new sign of tension between the two countries.

According to documents seen by AFP, the United States sent a report to the UN sanctions committee that estimated at least 759,793 barrels of oil products had been delivered to North Korea between January 1 and May 30, well above the annual quota set at 500,000 barrels under a sanctions resolution adopted in December.

"We will be ready", USA state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

North Korea proposed to reschedule the meeting for Sunday.

Joint U.S. -North Korean military search teams recovered 229 sets of American remains from North Korea between 1996 and 2005.

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