North Koreans Miss Meeting About US Soldier Remains

Glen Norman
July 13, 2018

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".

Kim also voices hope that "the invariable trust and confidence in Your Excellency Mr. President will be further strengthened in the future process of taking practical actions".

This would signal a shift in tone from Pyongyang's previous unwillingness to open up dialogue with Tokyo - which has been somewhat sidelined amid the flurry of diplomacy over North Korea's nuclear program, resulting in a recent thaw in relations between the North and the United States.

Trump met with Kim in Singapore on June 12-the first meeting between leaders of the two countries. Kim also agreed to repatriate remains of USA troops who died during the Korean War six decades ago.

North Korean officials did not turn up to a Thursday meeting with the US military about repatriating the remains of American war dead, according to a USA official with knowledge of the situation.


"The road ahead will be hard and challenging and we know that critics will try to minimize the work that we've achieved", he said. The letter was dated July 6, 2018, and was addressed to "H.E. Donald J. Trump", in what appears to be the latest sign that the two men were getting along after making history at the first-ever meeting between a sitting USA president and North Korean supreme leader in Singapore last month.

North Korean officials denounced the meeting at its conclusion, accusing the USA of having a "gangster-like" attitude in negotiations.

The translated letter began, "Your Excellency Mr. President".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ignored a question about the apparent snub when asked by reporters traveling with him in Brussels on Thursday.

"No one can be optimistic about the results", Moon said in Singapore on Thursday, "but my cautious outlook is that the negotiations would be able to succeed if the North carries out a complete denuclearization, and the global community gathers efforts to provide security guarantees to the North". Trump agreed to provide "security guarantees" to North Korea and both countries agreed to renew relations.


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

But North Korea's delegation failed show up.

"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.

A USA official waited at the border truce village of Panmunjom but no North Korean official showed up, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said, citing a Seoul diplomatic source.


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