President Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted a letter to him from North Korean chief Kim Jong Un heralding “epochal progress” in U.S.-North Korea relations, regardless of indicators that path-finding diplomacy between the adversaries is working into issues.
Mr. Trump described the letter as a “very good notice” and stated, “Nice progress being made!”
The letter is dated July 6. That is when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang and seemingly made little progress in fleshing out particulars of North Korea’s dedication for “full denuclearization.”
Kim made that dedication when he met Mr. Trump in Singapore final month. Kim additionally agreed then to repatriate stays of U.S. troops who died throughout the Korean Battle six a long time in the past.
A deliberate assembly Thursday between North Korean and U.S. officers within the Demilitarized Zone between the 2 Koreas to debate the return of the stays was postponed.
State Division spokeswoman Heather Nauert stated North Korea known as at noon Thursday and provided to satisfy on Sunday as a substitute. “We shall be prepared,” she instructed reporters aboard Pompeo’s aircraft, as the highest U.S. diplomat flew residence to Washington after attending a NATO summit.
It wasn’t instantly clear what prompted the postponement. South Korea’s Yonhap information company, citing unnamed sources, stated the North requested talks at the next stage. The talks Sunday are anticipated to contain officers from the Pentagon and the U.N.
Pompeo instructed reporters after his go to to North Korea final week that the assembly within the truce village Panmunjom was set for Thursday however “may transfer by someday or two.”
The secretary of state didn’t meet Kim as he had on his earlier two journeys to Pyongyang this yr, and after his departure, the North’s overseas ministry accused the U.S. of constructing “gangster-like” calls for that it unilaterally surrender its nuclear weapons.
Pompeo gave a rosier readout. He reported that the 2 sides had substantive discussions on subsequent steps towards denuclearization.
Throughout an official go to to Britain, Mr. Trump posted photographs of the Korean-language letter from Kim and its English translation. Kim expresses “invariable belief and confidence” within the president and desires that “epochal progress” in selling relations will “deliver our subsequent assembly ahead.”
However there’s rising skepticism in Washington over the Trump administration’s engagement with North Korea. Latest stories recommend that the North has continued to broaden infrastructure at nuclear and missile websites and that U.S. intelligence assesses that the North doesn’t intend to completely denuclearize.
Mr. Trump himself has remained upbeat in regards to the end result of the primary summit between the leaders of the U.S. and North Korea. Earlier Thursday, after attending the NATO summit in Brussels, he instructed reporters that there have been clear indicators of progress with North Korea, most notably that no missile and nuclear assessments have occurred for nearly 9 months.
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