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Meeting on American War Remains Skipped by North Korea

Meeting on American War Remains Skipped by North Korea

President Trump posted Kim's personal letter on social media Thursday, saying he just received a "very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea".

"I firmly believe that the strong will, honest efforts and unique approach of myself and Your Excellency Mr. President aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the US will surely come to fruition", Kim wrote, referring to North Korea by its acronym.

I firmly believe that the strong will, honest efforts and unique approach of myself and Your Excellency Mr. President aimed at opening up a future between the DPRK and the US will surely come to fruition.

An estimated 30,000 U.S. soldiers died in the Korean war.

North Korea's criticism of talks with Pompeo fueled further doubts about whether Trump will ever achieve his goal of "complete denuclearization", much less on the timeline of one to 2-1/2 years set out by various administration officials.

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. "We will be ready", she said in a statement. 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.

On Monday, the president shared his confidence that the North Korean leader would live up to the agreement both leaders signed in Singapore.

And US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was condemned by Kim's right-hand man Kim Jong chol for his "gangster"-like attitude during a summit in Pyongyang last weekend".

North Korean officials did not attend a planned meeting with Americans to discuss the return of USA soldiers' remains, officials have said.

"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 worldwide community gathers efforts to provide security guarantees to the North". The U.S. also risks giving the North Koreans leverage to continue diplomacy and drag out disarmament talks.

The Defense Department estimates there are up to 5,300 sets of US service member remains still somewhere in North Korea.

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

But skepticism remains over whether North Korea's findings will satisfy Japan.

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