Published: Fri, July 13, 2018

North Korea fails to attend talks on repatriation of USA war dead

North Korea fails to attend talks on repatriation of USA war dead

Mr Trump said the letter from Mr Kim (dated 6 July), was "a very nice note".

Shortly after the apparent setback was reported, President Trump tweeted the translation of a letter he had received from Mr Kim, in which the North Korean leader said: "I deeply appreciate the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr President".

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

"I extend my conviction that the epochal progress in promoting the DPRK-U.S. relations will bring our next meeting forward", Mr. Kim wrote.

In the report, the USA pointed the finger at China and Russian Federation for continuing to sell refined petroleum products to North Korea.

North Korea has offered to rearrange the meeting over war remains for Sunday instead, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

A USA official waited at the border of the village but no North Korean official showed up, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. He also told supporters in Nevada that North Korea had already handed over 200 sets of remains.

Kim did not meet with Pompeo during his visit this month, viewed widely by foreign affairs analysts as an intentional slight since the two had met twice previously in Pyongyang.


It was not immediately clear why North Korean officials had not attended the meeting or whether they had ever confirmed their intention to. The U.S. Embassy in Seoul said it had no immediate information.

Satellite imagery appears to show a that nuclear weapons manufacturing facility in the secretive country has been strengthened and improved in recent weeks.

Earlier Thursday the North Koreans postponed a meeting with U.S. representatives at the inter-Korean border meant to discuss the repatriation of remains of American troops killed in the Korean War.

"Donald Trump often complains about Fake News in the US media".

The secretary of state did not meet Kim as he had on his previous two trips to Pyongyang this year, and after his departure, the North's foreign ministry accused the USA of making "gangster-like" demands that it unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons.

The letter contrasts with a statement put out on July 7 by an unnamed North Korean official saying that Washington's attitude and stance were "regrettable" and that the United States "came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization".

The Pentagon has shipped dozens of cases to Panmunjom in anticipation of receiving the remains of several US troops.

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