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Trump has 'little gift' for N.Korean leader

Trump has 'little gift' for N.Korean leader

President Donald Trump on Thursday shared a "very nice" letter he said was sent to him by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Kim's note, which Trump included in his Twitter post with an image of the letter in Korean and an English-language translation of it, struck a positive tone.

North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-Un, has written a note to U.S. President Donald Trump, describing the American leader as "energetic and extraordinary".

In his note, Kim offered no reassurances that he is committed to relinquishing his country's nuclear weapons or ballistic missile arsenal, referring more generally to "the faithful implementation of the joint statement" agreed to in Singapore.

Pompeo went to Pyongyang on a two-day trip last week with the goal of fulfilling the commitments towards denuclearisation made during the Singapore summit. Pyongyang has asked the UN Command Armistice Commission to upgrade the talks to a higher level to include a USA general, South Korea's foreign ministry said.

Trump has repeatedly voiced optimism that Kim will dismantle the regime's nuclear weapons program despite recent news reports that North Korea continues to expand its nuclear facilities.

President Trump met with North Korean Dictator 26 days ago.

"The US is fatally mistaken if it went to the extent of regarding that the [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] would be compelled to accept, out of its patience, the demands reflecting its gangster-like mindset", Pyongyang cautioned.

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Pyongyang has already sent back the remains of 200 US troops, and the director of a USA defense agency said he is hopeful improved relations with North Korea will result in more recoveries. Despite Trump's claims that progress has been made on a denuclearization agreement, no concrete framework has been established between the two leaders to reconcile policy disagreements.

In another sign that relations have strained since Kim sent the letter, CNN reported that North Korean officials failed to show up for a meeting with their USA counterparts in the demilitarized zone Thursday.

CNN reported last month that the Trump administration is expecting North Korea to return up to 200 sets of remains and that planning for the exchange has been underway.

According to the Pentagon, North Korean officials have indicated in the past that they have the remains of as many as 200 USA troops.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said later that the North Koreans called at about midday Thursday to ask for a postponement until Sunday. The US military has already moved coffins and American flags to Panmunjom in anticipation of receiving the remains.

Neither U.S. nor South Korean officials would immediately confirm the report.

Pentagon officials said the request for general-level military negotiations was unexpected.

Kim also appeared to suggest another summit with Trump.