North Korea's Kim Jong-un receives 'excellent' letter from Trump

Clay Curtis
June 26, 2019

Trump and Kim held their first, ground-breaking summit in Singapore in June a year ago, agreeing to establish new relations and work towards the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

Not to be outdone, Trump sent Kim another letter.

"But we, you know, at some point, we'll do that", Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday. "He's not doing nuclear testing", he said.

Pyongyang's state-run news agency Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Kim "would seriously contemplate the interesting content". Following his setback in Hanoi, Kim travelled to the Russian Far East in April for his first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Another official in the South Korean presidential office said she was unaware of any plan for Trump to meet Kim.

Major personnel reshuffles in the North Korean regime seen through last week's summit between Kim Jong-un and Xi Jinping. "I hope that China and Russian Federation will play specific parts in helping the North resume dialogue at an early stage". On Sunday morning, Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's official state newspaper, published an article announcing that Kim had received a personal letter from Trump.

Earlier this month, Mr Trump mentioned an engaging letter had been sent to him by the North Korean leader.

The U.S.is demanding that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons entirely before global sanctions are lifted.

Citing Japan's Asahi Shimbun, South Korea's Chosun Ilbo reported on Monday that Trump "wants to deliver a speech in the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas when he visits Seoul this weekend". Trump was unhappy that Kim would not agree to completely end his nuclear program.

The US had insisted North Korea give up its nuclear programme while Pyongyang had demanded sanctions relief. The U.S. -South Korea summit comes at a time of greater Chinese involvement in the Korean Peninsula.

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Still, O'Neil said he did not believe "any of the fundamentals have changed".

"It depends on Chairman Kim Jong Un", Moon wrote. South Korea's JoongAng Ilbo added the possibility that Kim may also travel to Panmunjom for an impromptu summit, though it cited "experts" speculating on the matter, not anonymous South Korean government officials. Regardless, North Korea has proposed a step-by-step process instead, which would lead to a waggle denuclearization only accompanying to renunciations from the US.

The approach, however, did not materialize at the Hanoi summit. She noted that while the US government "would love to be involved and bring them together", it could be interpreted by one side as "favoring the other".

Kim and Moon held their historic first summit in the DMZ a year ago, so a Trump visit there this weekend would spark speculation of a possible meeting with Kim.

On Sunday, the Choson Sinbo said China supports the resolution of North Korea's "reasonable concerns" through U.S.

North Korea conducted a pair of test launches of rockets in May of this year, which could potentially be interpreted as a violation of its self-established missile launch moratorium.

Fissile material is the key ingredient in nuclear bombs.

Trump could accurately tout the return of remains in the past tense: North Korea returned 55 cases of possible remains in the summer of 2018.

The United States is the only country to have ever used nuclear weapons in warfare, dropping bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and killing around 200,000 people.

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