Trump releases 'very nice' letter from Kim Jong Un

Trump releases 'very nice' letter from Kim Jong Un

Trump releases 'very nice' letter from Kim Jong Un

Trump tweeted the signed letter, saying it was a "very nice note" and that "great progress was being made". Trump tweeted accompanying a Korean and English version of the note from Kim.

Returning the remains was a commitment from the 12 June summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump in Singapore.

Kim said he hoped the process between the two sides would lead to "practical actions" in the future, though he offered no specifics, and that there would be a second meeting between the two leaders.

A US official waited at the border truce village of Panmunjom but no North Korean official showed up, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said, citing a Seoul diplomatic source.

North Korean representatives didn't show up for scheduled talks with the US about returning the remains of fallen American soldiers.

While the details are unclear, a setback on talks over the remains wouldn't bode well for broader negotiations about North Korea's nuclear program.

The Defense Department estimates there are up to 5,300 sets of United States service member remains still somewhere in North Korea.

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

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State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the North Koreans called around midday to say the meeting would be delayed until Jul 15.

A North Korean soldier marches at the truce village at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which separates the two Koreas in Panmunjom, North Korea, Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

"We had expected that the USA side would offer constructive measures that would help build trust based on the spirit of the leaders' summit. we were also thinking about providing reciprocal measures", Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, according to The Associated Press.

Some remains have been returned to the USA over the years, but very few since recovery efforts were mostly halted in 2005 as U.S.

"We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains sent back today, already 200 got sent back", Trump said at a Minnesota rally last month.

North Korea's criticism of talks with Pompeo fueled further doubts about whether Trump will ever achieve his goal of "complete denuclearization", much less on the timeline of one to 2-1/2 years set out by various administration officials.

There is speculation that North Korea may also want payment for the return of the remains, our correspondent adds.

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