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North Korea snubs U.S., skips meeting on returning soldier remains

North Korea snubs U.S., skips meeting on returning soldier remains

US President Donald Trump on Thursday, June 12, tweeted a letter written to him by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on July 6, calling it "a very nice note" and hailed the denuclearisation process with the East Asian nation which is now underway.

In the letter, dated July 6, Kim recalled the historic meeting between the two leaders in Singapore on June 12, saying it was the start of a meaningful journey.

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has a "little gift" for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but wouldn't reveal what it is.

Trump wrote: 'A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea.

The U.S. leader also cited Pyongyang's release of three American detainees, the North's claim of having destroyed its only known nuclear test site, and a plan to dismantle a missile test site in the country.

Pompeo said his counterpart Kim Yong Chol in North Korea "made a commitment" that North Korea intends "to denuclearize".

"We will be ready", U.S. state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

Moon said he believed Trump and Kim would eventually make good on the promise made before the worldwide community.

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

In another development on Thursday, the USA accused North Korea of violating a United Nations sanctions cap on refined oil products. "We had anticipated the USA side would come with a constructive idea, thinking we would take something in return", a foreign ministry official said in a statement.

He may be in the United Kingdom but the American leader's attention was on the far East as he tweeted a letter received from Mr Kim following their historic summit in Singapore in June.

And a North Korean delegation failed to show up for a meeting with US officials in the demilitarized zone between North Korea and South Korea this week to discuss the repatriation of remains of USA military troops during the Korean War.

Adam Mount, an analyst at the Federation of American Scientists who focuses on USA nuclear strategy and North Korea, said in a tweet that Kim "blows off Pompeo in Pyongyang, has his team stand up US negotiators in the DMZ, but still delights Trump with a vague note".

In Washington, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY said the negotiations with North Korea have been a "flop" so far.

Defence officials have already shipped dozens of cases to Panmunjom in anticipation of receiving the remains of USA troops. Both Donald Trump and Mike Pence have repeatedly stated that they would not fall into the same trap that caught previous administrations by providing concessions for mere talks. The U.S. Defense Department has estimated that 7,700 troops are still unaccounted for from the war, with 5,300 believed to have been killed north of the 38th parallel, the border between North and South Korea. The talks Sunday are expected to involve officials from the Pentagon and the U.N. Command, which commanded USA -led allied forces during the war and is involved in maintaining the armistice that ended the fighting in 1953. "If I paid attention to what the press said, I'd go nuts, and I refuse to do that".