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Meeting on American War Remains Skipped by North Korea

Meeting on American War Remains Skipped by North Korea

Despite the apparent snub and worsening relations with North Korea, Donald Trump tweeted on Monday he has "confidence" that Mr Kim would honour the denuclearisation "contract" they signed at the Singapore summit.

The message came after Secretary of State Michael Pompeo returned from his third visit to North Korea.

He shared the four-paragraph letter on Twitter, in which Mr Kim describes their 12 June summit - and the resulting joint statement - as the "start of a meaningful journey".

Kim expresses "invariable trust and confidence" in the president and wishes that "epochal progress" in promoting relations will "bring our next meeting forward".

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 USA diplomat.

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

And even as Trump released Kim's note, the USA was asking the U.N. Security Council to punish North Korea after finding that Pyongyang had violated restrictions on refined oil imports.

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

"I firmly believe that the strong will, honest efforts and unique approach of myself and Your Excellency Mr President aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the U.S. will surely come to fruition", Mr Kim wrote, referring to North Korea by its acronym. "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. "Great progress being made!".

The article contrasts with the media narrative following the release of North Korea's statement that the negotiations took a turn for the worse during the sit-down.

President Trump met with North Korean Dictator 26 days ago.

Although KCNA did not say when the trip was made, Kim Yong Chol told a visiting Seoul official last week that the leader was away for a trip to a "local region".

Ahead of the summit in Singapore, North Korean officials sometimes did not turn up to meetings where their USA counterparts were expecting them, causing tension between the two negotiating partners.

With the meeting not taking place, the UNC reportedly made a phone call and North Koreans responded by saying that they needed to upgrade the "level" of the talks. "The U.S.is fatally mistaken if it went to the extent of regarding that [North Korea] would be compelled to accept, out of its patience, demands reflecting its gangster-like mindset".


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