Trump releases 'very nice' letter from Kim Jong Un

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday released a letter from Kim Jong Un on Twitter, in which the North Korean leader voices confidence in efforts to end their nuclear standoff while urging Trump to take "practical steps" to build trust.

Mr. Pompeo denied that the talks went poorly, telling pool reporters that progress was made "in every element of our discussions".

The fact that North Korea seem to be dragging its feet on this issue fuels already growing doubts among President Trump's critics about whether the Singapore summit was a success or simply a publicity stunt for Mr Kim, the BBC's Cindy Sui in Seoul reports.

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

"I deeply appreciate the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr. President for the improvement of relations between the two countries".

"We will be ready", Mr Nauert said.

Kim made that commitment when he met Mr Trump in Singapore last month.

If realized, they will be the first general-level military talks between North Korea and the UNC since March 2009.

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Mr Trump announced last month that North Korea has returned the remains of 200 United States troops, but there was no official confirmation of the move from military authorities.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered his aides to "re-explain" to Tokyo the findings of a probe into the whereabouts of missing Japanese nationals suspected to have been abducted by Pyongyang decades ago, according to a South Korean activist. The U.S. also risks giving the North Koreans leverage to continue diplomacy and drag out disarmament talks. Trump tweeted on Thursday alongside a copy of the letter, dated July 6.

"We have to see the USA defense ministry's response, but the UNC reportedly gave a positive signal to North Korea, so there is a good chance of the talks taking place on Sunday", the source said.

But North Korea's delegation failed show up to a scheduled meeting on Thursdayat the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas.

There are about 7,700 U.S. soldiers classified as missing in action from the war.

Mr Pompeo has insisted that a raft of tough economic sanctions imposed on North Korea would remain in place until "final, fully verified denuclearisation" occurs.

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".

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