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Trump tweets out letter he got from Kim Jong Un

13 July, 2018, 01:59 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • South Korean Marines storm a beach in the southeastern port of Pohang during joint drills with the US military last year

"It is likely that military generals from the US and North Korea will take part in the meeting". -North Korea relations, despite signs that path-finding diplomacy between the adversaries is running into problems.

"Great progress being made", the president said in a tweet that included both a copy of Kim's letter, dated 6 July, and its translation. "President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

While the summit represented a major thaw in relations, US sanctions on North Korea, among the most stringent in the world, will remain in place until the Kim regime implements "final, fully verified denuclearization", US State Secretary Mike Pompeo said last week.

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.

His top deputy, who took the meeting in Kim's absence, said his boss was out of town without revealing what was more important than a sit-down with the top US diplomat.

North Korean officials denounced the meeting at its conclusion, accusing the US of having a "gangster-like" attitude in negotiations. Pyongyang has asked the UN Command Armistice Commission to upgrade the talks to a higher level to include a US general, South Korea's foreign ministry said.

It wasn't immediately clear what prompted the postponement.

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"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. The talks Sunday are expected to involve officials from the Pentagon and the U.N. Command, which commanded US -led allied forces during the war and is involved in maintaining the armistice that ended the fighting in 1953.

But a closer look at the language of the statement has actually led one analyst to be optimistic that a "train wreck" may have been averted during Pompeo's meeting, and that the door is still open to progress.

CNN reported last month that the Trump administration is expecting North Korea to return up to 200 sets of remains and that planning for the exchange has been underway.

Pompeo gave a rosier readout.

In contrast to the pessimistic picture painted in the Western press, the analyst said that "the only whiff of problems the domestic [North Korean] audience got was a brief report on the departure of Secretary Pompeo's party noting that issues had been discussed 'in depth'".

One observer pointed out that Trump would have likely criticized his response to North Korea had it been the reaction of another president.

Kim also voices hope "the invariable trust and confidence in Your Excellency Mr. President will be further strengthened in the future process of taking practical actions". Recent evidence actually suggests that the rogue nation continues to build up their nuclear infrastructure. The president rattled US allies by demanding that the other NATO nations pay more toward their own defense, although he stopped short of threatening to pull the United States out of the trans-Atlantic alliance.

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