Trump releases letter from Kim Jong Un, touts "great progress"

12 July, 2018, 20:37 | Author: Wade Massey
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The President's release of the letter comes shortly after North Korean officials failed to show up to a meeting with USA leadership.

American officials have been on standby for weeks and have sent wooden coffins and flags to Panmunjom in preparation for a handover.

According to estimates from the Pentagon, 7,700 USA troops are still unaccounted for from the Korean War.

North Korean negotiators failed to show up for scheduled talks with the U.S.at Panmunjeom, Thursday, on repatriating the remains of USA soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, indicating a possible rift between the two countries in ongoing denuclearization talks.

Pyongyang has reportedly asked the United Nations Command Armistice Commission to upgrade the talks to a higher level to include a US general, South Korea's foreign ministry said.

North Korea also proposed to reschedule the meeting for Sunday.

Other speculation is that North Korea was discomforted with the way it was portrayed by the US media _ as trying to make money from the war remains.

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However, recovery efforts were suspended when the relationship between both countries worsened, as the North began the advancement of its nuclear programme. 5,300 of that number are believed to have been killed north of the 38th parallel, which marks the border between the two Koreas.

But he also acknowledged that a lot of work remained to be done, including on the issue of setting a timeline for denuclearization.

The last return of U.S. remains between 1990 and 1995 involved just over 200 caskets.

The North's state media normally lead their television bulletins and front pages with Kim's doings, but a seven-day absence from the headlines, including during Pompeo's visit, had prompted speculation on his whereabouts among Korea-watchers.

Warner highlighted the June 12 summit document from Mr. Trump and Kim in which Kim reaffirmed his commitment towards complete denuclearization, Pompeo's comment earlier this week that the USA had "detailed, substantive" conversations about total denuclearization, and Mr. Trump's tweet after the summit in Singapore declaring "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea". "Great progress being made".

"North Korea would have to deal with the consequences of breaking away from the negotiations if it were to do so, so it will likely not make an extreme decision", Kim said. "We're not going to be sidelined or sidetracked".

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