Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Donald Trump shares letter from Kim Jong Un, says ‘progress being made!’

Donald Trump shares letter from Kim Jong Un, says ‘progress being made!’

The talks had been expected in the demilitarised zone on Thursday.

Seoul's presidential office has said the suspension of the combined exercise could facilitate ongoing nuclear talks between North Korea and the United States.

An estimated 30,000 U.S. soldiers died in the 1950-53 Korean war. Roughly 5,300 USA troops presumed to have been killed in the Korean war are unaccounted for.

Kim expressed deep appreciation for "the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr. President and for the improvement of relations between the two countries and the faithful implementation of the joint statement".

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has a "little gift" for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but wouldn't reveal what it is.

The article contrasts with the media narrative following the release of North Korea's statement that the negotiations took a turn for the worse during the sit-down.

South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported last week that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought two gifts when he met with North Korean officials in Pyongyang: a letter to Kim from Trump, and an Elton John CD with the song "Rocket Man" signed by Trump.

In December, the UN Security Council limited such exports to North Korea at 500,000 barrels a year. Representatives of the two countries had been poised to meet in Panmunjom, which is regarded as the truce village on the inter-Korean border.

"Both the United States and the North are still in discussion over when to meet", the official added.

President Trump tweeted out the note, dated July 6, on Thursday. The discussions about returning Americans soldiers killed nearly 70 years ago was perhaps the most tangible outcome from Pompeo's trip, which analysts expected would at least secure the release of some remains.

The US military has since announced that 100 wooden coffins have been moved to the inter-Korean border in preparation.

The White House had said earlier Pompeo would meet with the leader, but the encounter did not materialise and the top USA diplomat only met with Kim Yong Chol.

North Korea proposed to reschedule the meeting for Sunday.

Trump has sought to cast his summit with Kim as a major victory, although reports have suggested North Korea is continuing with its nuclear programme and promises of "denuclearisation" remain vague.

Trump himself has remained upbeat about the outcome of the first summit between the leaders of the USA and North Korea.

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