Trump tweets 'very nice note' from Kim Jong Un

Trump tweets 'very nice note' from Kim Jong Un

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) arrive to sign a document to acknowledge the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday a flattering letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that followed up on June's historic summit in Singapore.

I firmly believe that the strong will, honest efforts and unique approach of myself and Your Excellency Mr. President aimed at opening up a future between the DPRK and the USA will surely come to fruition.

If North Korea does not make substantial progress by that time, then Trump will be forced to revert to his old game of chicken policies.

Mr Kim agreed in broad terms to "work toward denuclearisation" of the Korean Peninsula when he met Mr Trump in Singapore last month.

Doubts over the prospect of a breakthrough were further exacerbated following the secretary of state Mike Pompeo's overnight visit to Pyongyang last week, during which a promised meeting with Kim failed to materialize.

Robert Gallucci, who led the U.S in direct talks with North Korea beginning in mid-1993, said while the two statements contrasted he does not see Pyongyang's statement as "devastating in any way" to future talks.

North Korean officials did not show up for a planned meeting with USA officials at the demilitarized zone (DMZ), where they were expected to continue discussions on repatriating the remains of Americans killed during the Korean War.

Defence officials have already shipped dozens of cases to Panmunjom in anticipation of receiving the remains of U.S. troops.

A State Department spokeswoman declined to comment, but noted that Pompeo said after his talks in Pyongyang last week that the date for the meeting remained flexible.

North Korean officials denounced the meeting at its conclusion, accusing the US of having a "gangster-like" attitude in negotiations. Great progress being made!

Joint U.S. -North Korean military search teams recovered 229 sets of American remains from North Korea between 1996 and 2005.

"Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!" Recent reports suggest that the North has continued to expand infrastructure at nuclear and missile sites and that USA intelligence assesses that the North does not intend to fully denuclearize.

The United States sent a DNA sample of the South Korean soldier's remains earlier this year that confirmed him as Yun.

The United States has released photographs of eight instances in which North Korean tankers were caught at sea receiving fuel cargo.

The DPRK side took exception to what it called USA demands for unilateral nuclear disarmament rather than a "balanced implementation" of the June 12 joint declaration.

The president has sought to maintain the momentum of his summit with Kim despite the fact that Pyongyang has showed no signs of taking steps to dismantle its nuclear program.

"We call on all nations to maintain decisive pressure on (North Korea), including by fully implementing existing U.N. sanctions", the statement said.