Trump tweets letter from NK leader

Trump: Kim Will Get 'Rocket Man' CD Later, Plus Surprise 'Little Gift'

Trump: Kim Will Get 'Rocket Man' CD Later, Plus Surprise 'Little Gift'

President Trump on Thursday released a personal note from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un praising the "epochal progress" since their summit in Singapore last month, despite a series of recent setbacks that have cast doubt on denuclearization talks.

In a post on Twitter, Mr Trump said the letter, dated July 6, was very nice and was a sign of "Great progress being made!".

On June 12, Trump and Kim pledged the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula following a historic meeting between the two leaders.

When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang last weekend, he was supposed to have a one-on-one meeting with Kim Jong-un.

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

Separately, North Korean officials did not show up at planned talks with the U.S. on Thursday to discuss repatriating the remains of American soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War.

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

"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 South Korean government is "constantly in contact with its US counterpart" about progress of the talks on war remains repatriation, said Roh Kyu-deok, a spokesman for South Korea's Foreign Ministry, but it declined to comment on any details about the issue. Great progress being made!'

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said earlier that the UNC would receive the remains, not the South Korean or U.S. militaries alone, because all 21 nations that fought under the U.N. flag alongside South Korea and the U.S. lost troops in the conflict.

The meeting was to focus on the return of remains of America's war dead killed during the Korean War. "We will be ready", she told reporters aboard Pompeo's plane, as the top USA diplomat flew home to Washington after attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

But there's growing skepticism in Washington over the Trump administration's engagement with North Korea.

Last week, National Security Advisor John Bolton said the United States has a plan to dismantle North Korea's nuclear program in a year.

The Pentagon says Pyongyang has indicated several times they have as many as 200 sets of remains that could be those of U.S. soldiers who died in the war.

The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, also downplayed the North Koreans' antics, stating it was all part of Pyongyang's "strategy" toward extracting more concessions from the United States. On the day he left the North issued a statement on state-run media accusing the United States of "gangster-like" demands for unilateral disarmament.

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