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North Korea's Kim Sends Auspicious Letter to Trump, Floats Another Meeting

14 July 2018

As one of my previous bosses reminded me, this is what happens when you miss a meeting.

The latest move (or non-move) was the North's failure to show up at the DMZ Thursday for talks on repatriating remains of Americans killed in the Korean War.

A USA official waited at the border of the village but no North Korean official showed up, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, left, and US President Donald Trump shake hands during their first meeting at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore.

North Korea has returned the remains of some U.S. soldiers to the United States over the years since 1953, when an armistice halted the Korean War.

There is speculation that North Korea may also want payment for the return of the remains, our correspondent adds.

Trump's sharing of the letter this week is likely his attempt to contradict a narrative from confrontational media outlets claiming negotiations with North Korea have failed.

Despite such setbacks, Trump has continued to maintain that progress is being made.

"I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake", he tweeted. Trump canceled the summit two months ago after a similar no-show and eruption of angry rhetoric from Pyongyang, and the point of this demand to the United Nations is to show that Trump's position hasn't changed.

"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".

The letter from Kim, shared via the President's Twitter was dated July 6, the same day that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in North Korea to negotiate details of the proposed denuclearization of North Korea.

Those recovery efforts were suspended in 2005, when the relationship between the two nations worsened over the North's nuclear weapons program and the Pentagon became concerned about the safety of its search teams.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert had said Thursday the North Korean offer had come "midday" after Pyongyang canceled talks scheduled for Thursday.

He said that North Korean negotiators made "a commitment consistent with what President Trump was able to achieve with Chairman Kim, which was they intend to denuclearize, they're going to accomplish it and now the task is to get it implemented". "Great progress being made", Trump said in a tweet that included a copy of the letter in Korean and an English translation.

That's a clever counterpoint to the yank on the choke chain.

Kim committed to a nuclear-free North Korea at the end of the convivial meeting, but tensions resurfaced in the following weeks as representatives of both countries began to flesh out the deal.

North Korea's Kim Sends Auspicious Letter to Trump, Floats Another Meeting