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Read the ‘very nice’ letter Kim Jong-un sent Trump last week

Read the ‘very nice’ letter Kim Jong-un sent Trump last week

Mr. Trump repeatedly touted that he shared a positive relationship with Mr. Kim, despite North Korean officials criticizing the U.S.in recent weeks.

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 goal of complete denuclearization and establishment of a peace system on the Korean Peninsula".

This latest incident comes shortly after Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang resulted in North Korea accusing Pompeo of making a "unilateral and gangster-like demand for nuclearization".

But North Korea's delegation failed show up to a scheduled meeting on Thursdayat the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas.

At high-level talks last week, North Korea and the USA confirmed they are still poles apart on the next steps to be taken in the process.

More details were not immediately available. The U.S. Embassy in Seoul said it had no immediate information. Kim also agreed then to repatriate remains of USA troops who died during the Korean War six decades ago. They threatened that commitment to denuclearization "may falter". "We had anticipated the USA side would come with a constructive idea, thinking we would take something in return", a foreign ministry official said in a statement.

Pompeo has insisted that a raft of tough economic sanctions imposed on North Korea would remain in place until "final, fully verified denuclearization" occurs.

More than 36,000 USA troops died in the three-year war, which ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula divided by one of the world's most heavily fortified borders. Roughly 5,300 U.S. troops presumed to have been killed in the Korean war are unaccounted for.

The president says he believes the North Korean leader wants to denuclearize, and that he "trusts" him. Identities would not be confirmed until after what is often a lengthy and complicated forensics process.

"Repatriation of USA remains from North Korea will be important not just to American families, but to building trust between the US and North Korea as well", Pompeo said earlier this week. Six soldiers' remains were returned in 2007, and one more in 2015.

According to President Trump, returning the remains of USA troops was agreed upon during the Singapore summit.

But in stark contrast, Pyongyang's take was overwhelmingly negative, with the North warning that the future of the peace process was being jeopardized by "unilateral and gangster-like" USA demands for its nuclear disarmament.

"The U.S. side had had discussions with the North with an aim to hold the talks as early as July 12, but it appeared that the North was not ready for the talks", the source told Yonhap News Agency on condition of anonymity. "Great progress being made".

North Korea has imposed a testing moratorium, with the last missile test occurring on November 28, and it destroyed its main nuclear testing facility, although experts say those moves could be reversed.

The US president called it a "very nice note from Chairman Kim" and said "great progress is being made".

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