Trump Receives Letter from North Korea's Kim

Casey GreeneAug 03, 2018

The White House said on Thursday that Trump had received a letter from Kim and had responded with a note that should be delivered shortly.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the news of the letter, . adding that "the ongoing correspondence between the two leaders is aimed at following up on their meeting in Singapore and advancing the commitments" made in their joint statement back in June.

A US airman stands guard next to caskets containing remains of USA soldiers killed in the Korean War and collected in North Korea before a repatriation ceremony at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. "I am not at all surprised that you took this kind action", Trump wrote in a Twitter message. "Also, thank you for your nice letter - I look forward to seeing you soon!" "But we'll see what happens", Trump said. Pyongyang has called for a formal declaration to end the war, viewing it as a guarantee of its security in exchange for denuclearization.

Many nations fought in the Korean War, but war artifacts that came with the remains - such as buttons, belts, canteens and boots - point to the bones being American, he said.

The Defense Department agency that accounts for missing American service members from past wars hopes to negotiate the resumption of joint operations to recover remains in North Korea, an official said Thursday, calling such efforts a "sacred obligation". Byrd said he couldn't say how long it would take to make a first identification or identify all of the remains.

About 7,700 USA soldiers are listed as missing from the conflict, and 5,300 of the remains are believed to still be in North Korea.

Pompeo told a Senate committee hearing on July 25 that North Korea was continuing to produce fuel for nuclear bombs in spite of its pledge.

The U.S. ambassador also expressed skepticism regarding North Korea's dismantling of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site and the missile site at Tongchang-ri.

Last Friday, . coinciding with the anniversary of the signing of Armistice Agreement, . The agency has DNA samples from 92 percent of the families of the almost 7,700 Americans still missing from the Korean War.

The United States and North Korea conducted joint searches from 1996 until 2005, when Washington halted the operations, citing concerns about the safety of its personnel as Pyongyang stepped up its nuclear programme.

Experts say positively identifying the decades-old remains could take anywhere from days to decades.

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