Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Kim Jong Un Praises Trump, but Omits Denuclearization

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un inspects the Junghung farm in Samjiyon county in this undated South Korea’ Moon says North Korea-U.S. talks ‘on track,’ criticism a ploy
Jeannette Daniel | 14 July, 2018, 11:53

Officials from North Korea were expected to meet Thursday with UN Command officials representing the United States to discuss repatriating the remains of American troops who went missing in action during the Korean War.

"A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea", Trump said. Great progress being made!'

That was the day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived for two days of meetings with top North Korean officials, which ended on a sour note after Pyongyang blasted the USA side over a "unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization".

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

In the translated letter, dated July 6, Mr. Kim praised his relationship with Mr. Trump and said the Singapore summit was "indeed the start of a meaningful journey".

Kim also said he "deeply" appreciates Trump's "energetic and extraordinary efforts" to improve relations and sign a joint statement calling for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Trump agreed to halt bi-annual United States military exercises conducted with South Korean forces, while Kim made a vague commitment to denuclearization.

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Mr Pompeo had said progress was made during his two-day visit to Pyongyang.

It was a somber reminder of the importance both countries place on the return of lost troops amid hopes that North Korea will follow through on a commitment to return more war dead. The agreement reportedly covered the remains of some 200 American soldiers.

But the president's optimistic outlook about North Korea's willingness to denuclearize and steps in that direction have been brought into question, after an NBC report claiming North Korea has been expanding a nuclear facility.

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

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

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the North Koreans called around midday to say the meeting would be delayed until July 15.

It was not immediately clear why North Korean officials had not attended the meeting or whether they had ever confirmed their intention to. A confidential United States report presented to the UN 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.

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