Kim Jong Un Strokes Trump's Ego In Thank You Letter

13 July, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Kim Reid
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US President Donald Trump on Thursday (Jul 12) again signalled optimism about efforts to end the nuclear standoff with North Korea, as he took the extraordinary diplomatic step of tweeting out a letter from Kim Jong Un.

This would signal a shift in tone from Pyongyang's previous unwillingness to open up dialogue with Tokyo - which has been somewhat sidelined amid the flurry of diplomacy over North Korea's nuclear program, resulting in a recent thaw in relations between the North and the United States.

Here's the note Kim Jong Un has sent to Trump, which the President tweeted on Thursday morning.

In his letter, which was written 24 days after the June 12 summit in Singapore, Kim addressed Mr Trump as "Your Excellency Mr President".

"Wishing that the invariable trust and confidence in Your Excellency Mr. President will be further strengthened in the future process of taking practical actions", wrote Kim.

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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.

Foreign ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk said, "The government hopes the agreements reached between leaders at the North Korea-U.S. summit, including the repatriation of Korean War remains, will be swiftly carried out as a means to fulfill the objective of complete denuclearization and establishment of a peace system on the Korean Peninsula".

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said North Korea has now offered to meet the delegation on Sunday.

In another apparent setback, the USA accused Pyongyang of violating sanctions on refined oil products and ordered the United Nations security council to immediately halt all related deliveries to North Korea. "We will be ready", she told reporters aboard Pompeo's plane, as the top USA diplomat flew home to Washington after attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

"The North Koreans were just messing around, not serious about moving forward", the source told CNN's Michelle Kosinski, adding that Pompeo had been promised a meeting with Kim, and the fact that it failed to materialize sent a big message.

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He was referring the summit statement signed by the two leaders - the first-ever U.S. As part of their agreement, Kim pledged to abandon the nuclear weapons his country developed to deter a potential invasion, while Trump has said he would guarantee Kim's security, ultimately lift sanctions and potentially establish an official peace in a decades-long conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

Trump shared the letters on social media, one written in Korean and the other a translation.

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

Pompeo characterized the talks as progressive, asserting that North Korea did not "push back" on denuclearization.

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