Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Trump tweets 'very nice' letter from North Korea's Kim

Trump tweets 'very nice' letter from North Korea's Kim

Kim continued by expressing confidence that "the strong will, honest efforts and unique approach" to bring about a new future between the US and North Korea would "come to fruition".

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the head of USA intelligence to assess whether North Korea's posture and actions regarding denuclearization match up with the Trump administration's claims.

News outlet Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that the US sent a report to the United Nations sanctions committee stating that at least 759,793 barrels of oil products had been delivered to North Korea from January 1 to May 30.

The United States requested the U.N. sanctions committee to declare that North Korea had violated the U.N. -approved quota and "order an immediate halt to all transfers of refined petroleum products" to North Korea.

It comes after Mr Trump released a "very nice note" from Mr Kim, signalling his optimism about efforts to end the nuclear stand-off with North Korea.

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South Korean officials later said the meeting would be rescheduled for July 15, but that was after US negotiators arrived Thursday at the militarized border between the two Koreas and were kept waiting, the Yonhap News Agency reported, citing diplomatic officials it didn't identify. They threatened that commitment to denuclearization "may falter". A confidential United States report presented to the UN security council, however, estimated the delivery of at least 759,793 barrels of oil products to North Korea between 1 January 1 and 30 May.

North Korea has said eight of the 17 - including Megumi Yokota, who disappeared while heading home from school when she was 13 - have already died, while four never entered the country, an account Japan has dismissed as unreliable.

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

North Korea did not take kindly to the content of Pompeo's visit, which covered what the USA definition of denuclearization is and what would be needed for sanctions relief.

Kim committed to "complete denuclearisation" when he and Trump met in Singapore last month.

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"North Korea would have to deal with the consequences of breaking away from the negotiations if it were to do so, so it will likely not make an extreme decision", Kim said.

The letter was dated just one day before North Korea accused the USA of "gangster-like" demands following a visit and talks by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

It was not immediately clear why North Korean officials had not attended the meeting or whether they had ever confirmed their intention to.

Sunday's talks are expected to involve officials from the Pentagon and the UN Command, which commanded US-led allied forces during the war and is involved in maintaining the armistice that ended the fighting in 1953.

The United States and South Korea held a ceremony on Friday to return home the remains of two servicemen killed during the 1950-1953 Korean War.

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The USFK sent 100 wooden cases to the truce village of Panmunjeom to receive the remains last month, and also has 158 coffins ready at a base in Pyeongtaek to take the remains back to the U.S.

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