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Trump tweets 'very nice' letter from North Korea's Kim

13 July 2018

President Trump released a letter written by North Korea Dictator Kim Jong Un Thursday afternoon and said nuclear negotiations with the regime are going well.

In it, Kim describes his landmark June 12 summit with Trump in Singapore as the "start of a meaningful journey" and expresses confidence that the "sincere efforts" of both sides "will surely come to fruition".

Kim continued by expressing confidence that "the strong will, honest efforts and unique approach" to bring about a new future between the USA and North Korea would "come to fruition".

"I firmly believe that the strong will, honest efforts and unique approach.aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the U.S. will surely come to fruition".

Pompeo was not granted an audience with Kim, and North Korea criticized US demands following the visit.

Kim agreed to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula and destroy a "major" missile testing site during his meeting with Trump.

Mr. Trump repeatedly touted that he shared a positive relationship with Mr. Kim, despite North Korean officials criticizing the recent weeks. Like Pompeo, I had no knowledge of my itinerary before I landed in North Korea, no sense of where I would be staying, and little sense of who I would be meeting.

Speaking to Fox News about the possibility of a Kim visit to the White House, Trump said last month that such a visit "could happen", and added that he and Kim "had good chemistry".

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Returning the remains was part of the deal signed by Kim and Mr Trump in Singapore.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the talks will take place Sunday and the USA "will be prepared".

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

Despite Pompeo's claims that his meetings in Pyongyang last week were productive, the North Korean news agency quoted unnamed DPRK officials as saying the meetings were bad and that United States demands for denuclearization were "robber-like" (the media has translated this as "gangster").

The Department of Defense estimates that North Korea is holding about 200 sets of remains from some 5,300 American military personnel believed missing in the country. The U.S. also risks giving the North Koreans leverage to continue diplomacy and drag out disarmament talks.

Although Trump may have been delighted by the letter, Twitter users weren't impressed.

But following the meeting, North Korea released a statement calling the meeting "regrettable" and accusing the USA of using "gangster-like" tactics to push it towards nuclear disarmament.

Trump tweets 'very nice' letter from North Korea's Kim