Donald Trump Publishes Letter from North Korea’s Kim Jong

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President Donald Trump Thursday released a letter from Kim Jong Un, in which the North Korean leader voices confidence in efforts to end their nuclear standoff, while calling on his USA counterpart to take "practical actions" to build trust.

In a Twitter message, Trump wrote, "A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea".

But following the meeting, North Korea released a statement calling the meeting "regrettable" and accusing the United States of using "gangster-like" tactics to push it towards nuclear disarmament.

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

The meeting was expected to be the first working-level talks between the two sides since Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang ended Saturday with North Korea denouncing the U.S.'s "unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization". The US did not say which countries were illicitly providing Pyongyang with the products.

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

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Pompeo had said a Pentagon team would meet with the North's officials on or around Thursday at the inter-Korea border to discuss the repatriation.

Representatives of the USA and North Korea were expected to have working-level talks at the inter-Korean border truce village of Panmunjom on Thursday to hash out the details of the repatriation, but the discussions did not occur.

Pompeo told reporters after his visit to North Korea last week that the meeting in the truce village Panmunjom was set for Thursday but "could move by one day or two".

The letter is dated July 6.

"Both the USA and the North are still in discussion over when to meet", the official added.

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State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said North Korea called at midday Thursday and offered to meet on Sunday instead.

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

While the details are unclear, a setback on talks over the remains wouldn't bode well for broader negotiations about North Korea's nuclear program.

The source said that Kim did not see any need to hold dialogue with Japan before his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April, instead favoring relations with the United States, China and Russian Federation.

North Korea said Saturday it was seeking the "earliest start of the working-level talks" on the recovery of USA remains.

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