Trump has 'little gift' for N.Korean leader

Trump has 'little gift' for N.Korean leader

Seoul and Washington said in June they would halt the joint exercise after U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to end war games following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

Despite that, Trump hailed the July 6 letter as a "very nice note", saying "Great progress being made".

The US secretary of state visited Pyongyang on Friday and Saturday in an attempt to agree details of a deal made during June's historic summit between Donald Trump and the North Korean dictator.

In the letter Trump released on Thursday, Kim repeatedly referred to the U.S. president as "Your Excellency".

"I extend my conviction that the epochal progress in promoting the DPRK-U.S. relations will bring our next meeting forward", Kim Jong Un wrote.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have been too busy visiting a potato farm to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Pyongyang's state media implied Tuesday.

According to President Trump, returning the remains of USA troops was agreed upon during the Singapore summit.

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North Korea has offered to rearrange the meeting over war remains for Sunday instead, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

Pompeo said his counterpart Kim Yong Chol in North Korea "made a commitment" that North Korea intends "to denuclearize".

But North Korea's delegation failed show up to a scheduled meeting on Thursdayat the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas. The discussions about returning Americans soldiers killed nearly 70 years ago was perhaps the most tangible outcome from Pompeo's trip, which analysts expected would at least secure the release of some remains. In fact, it appears to echo concerns that Trump did nothing more than give up a bunch of concessions without having Kim commit to a hardline stance on dismantling his country's nuclear ambitions.

North Korea has said eight of the 17 - including Megumi Yokota, who disappeared while heading home from school when she was 13 - have already died, while four never entered the country, an account Japan has dismissed as unreliable.

Although Trump may have been delighted by the letter, Twitter users weren't impressed.

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

There is speculation that North Korea may also want payment for the return of the remains, our correspondent adds.

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