Donald Trump Publishes Letter from North Korea’s Kim Jong

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In the note, Kim addresses Trump formally, calling him "Your Excellency Mr. President", ( five times) and describes the June 12 meeting of the two leaders as "the start of a meaningful journey".

The source said that Kim did not see any need to hold dialogue with Japan before his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April, instead favoring relations with the United States, China and Russian Federation.

In fact, it appears to echo concerns that Trump did nothing more than give up a bunch of concessions without having Kim commit to a hardline stance on dismantling his country's nuclear ambitions.

American officials have been on standby for weeks and have sent wooden coffins and flags to Panmunjom in preparation for a handover.

Pompeo has insisted that a raft of tough economic sanctions imposed on North Korea would remain in place until "final, fully verified denuclearization" occurs.

North Korean representatives didn't show up for scheduled talks with the USA about returning the remains of fallen American soldiers.

The meeting served as the highest-level platform for ongoing, unprecedented peace talks between the Cold War-era foes.

That number includes 7,702 who are missing in action, with an estimated 5,300 believed to have been lost in the North, according to the Hawaii-based DPAA, which oversees the effort. "Great progress being made".

But the North Korean leader never showed up during Pompeo's three-day visit.

"Repatriation of USA remains from North Korea will be important not just to American families, but to building trust between the US and North Korea as well", Pompeo said earlier this week.

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.

But in stark contrast, Pyongyang's take was overwhelmingly negative, with the North warning that the future of the peace process was being jeopardized by "unilateral and gangster-like" US demands for its nuclear disarmament.

In a post on Twitter, Mr Trump said the letter, dated July 6, was very nice and was a sign of "Great progress being made!". A confidential U.S. report presented to the United Nations security council, however, estimated the delivery of at least 759,793 barrels of oil products to North Korea between 1 January 1 and 30 May.

Kim did not meet with Pompeo during his visit this month, viewed widely by foreign affairs analysts as an intentional slight since the two had met twice previously in Pyongyang.

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