Monday, 24 September, 2018

Kim Jong-un sends pointless letter to his new pal Donald Trump

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Deanna Wagner | 13 July, 2018, 02:00

Donald Trump has released a copy of a letter from Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, praising their meeting as the start of a "meaningful journey". The meeting came after months of extreme pressure sanctions on North Korea, after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's two known trips to the nation, and after the communist nation had ceased missile tests months prior.

President Trump tweeted out the letter and an English translation on Thursday.

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.

He also agreed to repatriate remains of United States troops who died during the Korean War six decades ago.

"We have to see the USA defense ministry's response, but the UNC reportedly gave a positive signal to North Korea, so there is a good chance of the talks taking place on Sunday", the source said.

"This step will build trust & confidence btw US & DPRK", he tweeted on Monday, using the acronym for North Korea's official name.

"The North Koreans were just messing around, not serious about moving forward", the source told CNN's Michelle Kosinski, adding that Pompeo had been promised a meeting with Kim, and the fact that it failed to materialize sent a big message. The president rattled USA 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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Mr. Pompeo denied that the talks went poorly, telling pool reporters that progress was made "in every element of our discussions".

"Most important, instead of any hint of criticism of President Trump, the statement ends on a positive note: 'We still cherish our good faith in President Trump, ' underlining that the problem is not the President but rather 'headwind against the wills of the two top leaders...,'" he highlighted.

Pompeo called the talks "productive", although North Korea said it was disappointed with the emphasis on denuclearization with a lack of security guarantees.

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.

Trump has touted the return of remains as one of the successes of his historic June 12 summit with Kim in Singapore.

But skepticism remains over whether North Korea's findings will satisfy Japan.