North Korea a No-Show for Talks With US on Korean War Dead

Kim Jong-un sends Trump ‘a very nice note,’ says nothing about denuclearization

Trump touts 'great progress' after North Korea skips repatriation of war dead talks

Trump tweeted the signed letter, saying it was a "very nice note" and that "great progress was being made".

While visiting Pyongyang last week, Mr Pompeo said that a Pentagon team would meet with the North's officials in or around Panmunjon - the truce village on the border between North and South Korea.

The prospects for the peace treaty depend on whether negotiations on denuclearization between the United States and both Koreas stay on track following the Jun 12 summit between Trump and the North Korean leader in Singapore.

Wishing that the invariable trust and confidence in Your Excellency Mr. President will be further strengthened in the future process of taking practical actions, I extend my conviction that the epochal progess in promoting the DPRK-U.S. relations will bring our next meeting forward.

Donald Trump has released a letter he received from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un while touting "great progress" in negotiations between the United States and Pyongyang - despite reports of a breakdown in talks.

North Korea proposed to reschedule the meeting for Sunday. Trump went on to gabble that he really wants to pull USA troops out of South Korea altogether, even though their presence has served as a powerful deterrent to North Korean aggression.

SEOUL - After failing to show for expected talks with American officials on Thursday, North Korea called for general-level military negotiations to discuss the return of the remains of USA soldiers killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War, Yonhap news agency reported.

Pompeo has called the meetings "productive" while North Korean state media referred to Pompeo's posturing in meetings as "gangster-like".

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Returning the remains was a commitment from the 12 June summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump in Singapore.

Although Pompeo insisted progress continued to be made, North Korea accused the U.S. of making "gangster-like" demands.

However, according to the U.S. State Department, . the North contacted the U.S. side, offering to hold the talks on Sunday instead.

The US later said that North Korea had offered to meet on 15 July. "We will be ready", she said in a statement.

The source with knowledge of the talks told CNN that Trump asked whether Kim knew where he'd gotten the nickname, and Kim said no. Trump asked Kim if he had heard of the Elton John song.

The BBC reported speculation that North Korea may want payment for the return of the remains.

In addition, the leader of the DPRK expressed the hope for a new meeting.

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