Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Donald Trump Publishes Letter from North Korea’s Kim Jong

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un left and President Donald Trump shake hands at the conclusion of their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore South Korea’ Moon says North Korea-U.S. talks ‘on track,’ criticism a ploy
Deanna Wagner | 14 July, 2018, 11:56

South Korea's Foreign Ministry said North Korean military officials were now seeking a meeting Sunday on repatriating the remains of the war dead, with Pyongyang wanting to discuss the issue with a USA military general.

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

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang on July 6 and seemingly made little progress in fleshing out details of North Korea's commitment for "complete denuclearisation".

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

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said later that the North Koreans called at about midday Thursday to ask for a postponement until Sunday.

The fact that Kim Jong Un's letter says Trump took "energetic and extraordinary" efforts, it's most telling that Un admits only to taking "future process of taking practical actions", but says nothing of what was achieved during the Trump-Kim Summit.

There was no indication of whether the North Koreans intentionally blew off the meeting.

Meanwhile, it is yet to be seen whether North Korea will show up for the talks a day after the scheduled date.

"We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains sent back today, already 200 got sent back", Trump said at a Minnesota rally last month.

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Pompeo said after his trip that there had been progress in the talks.

Several days previously, Pyongyang had slated the USA for seeking unilateral and forced denuclearization from North Korea.

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

North Korean officials failed to show up to talks with American officers on Thursday about repatriating the remains of US soldiers killed in the Korean War.

North Korea proposed to reschedule the meeting for Sunday.

North Korea was expected to hand over those remains - believed to belong to some 200 to 250 USA servicemen - in the weeks following the meeting. The U.S. also risks giving the North Koreans leverage to continue diplomacy and drag out disarmament talks.

There is a long road ahead for the process of negotiations that will hopefully lead to denuclearization, and as the Atlantic explains, it is hard to say whether or not current situation represents the beginnings of slow progress, a strategic faltering by the White House, or a North Korean strategy of dragging their feet.

On Monday, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning said the Defense Department "remains postured and ready to receive those remains".