North Korean chief Kim Jong Un praised Donald Trump in a letter written earlier than U.S.-North Korean talks hit a snag final week, saying the U.S. president’s “energetic and extraordinary efforts” in reshaping ties between the 2 international locations will assist create a “new future.”
“The numerous first assembly with Your Excellency and the joint assertion that we signed collectively in Singapore 24 days in the past was certainly the beginning of a significant journey,” Kim wrote in an English translation of a July 6 letter that President Trump posted on Twitter Thursday.
Though the letter was written lower than every week in the past, it’s not clear the place U.S.-North Korean talks stand now.
A really good observe from Chairman Kim of North Korea. Nice progress being made! pic.twitter.com/6NI6AqL0xt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2018
The letter’s date signifies it was written earlier than Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s go to late final week to Pyongyang, the place the U.S. and North Korea struggled to agree over plans to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.
That assembly concluded with North Korean state media calling the U.S. strategy “cancerous” and “gangster-like.” The North Korean assertion went on to say, nevertheless, that Kim’s regime nonetheless had confidence in Trump.
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Kim’s letter additionally predates a deliberate assembly over the return of U.S. stays Thursday on the North Korean-South Korean border, the place American navy officers had been stood up by their North Korean counterparts. The assembly was later rescheduled for July 15, in accordance with South Korean officers.
Additionally on Thursday, U.S. officers introduced the United Nations with knowledge that North Korea has breached its annual cap for imports of refined petroleum merchandise. The knowledge, introduced in a report seen by Bloomberg News, got here with a U.S. name to different international locations to halt all transfers of refined petroleum merchandise to North Korea and to be extra vigilant in stopping unauthorized ship-to-ship transfers.
Regardless of the latest setbacks, “Nice progress being made,” Trump tweeted on Thursday together with photos of the letter in English and Korean, calling it a “very good observe from Chairman Kim.”
Kim’s missive additionally hinted at the potential of one other summit, saying that the “epochal progress in selling the DPRK-U.S. relations will carry our subsequent assembly ahead.”
On the conclusion of the Singapore summit final month, Trump prompt he might invite Kim to the White Home, or his retreat at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.