Trump Receives Letter from North Korea's Kim

02 August, 2018, 22:18 | Author: Donnie King
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President Trump publicly thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Thursday for returning the remains of United States soldiers who died in the Korean War; adding he looks forward to meeting the communist ruler in the near future.

The White House said Thursday (Aug 2) that President Donald Trump had received a new letter from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, without disclosing its contents.

"Also, thank you for your nice letter - I look forward to seeing you soon!", Trump said, without elaborating.

Details of the letter haven't been released by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed a letter from Kim was received by the administration on August 1.

The remains of dozens of soldiers, presumed to be Americans who died in the Korean War, arrived in Pearl Harbor on Wednesday local time.

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.

The pledge to transfer war remains was seen as a goodwill gesture by Kim at the Singapore summit, and was the most concrete agreement reached by the two sides so far.




The ambassador added a good starting point would be a North Korea list of nuclear facilities.

John Byrd, director of analysis for the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), told reporters at Osan that the family of the soldier identified by the dog tag had been notified.

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

US intelligence agencies are seeing signs of construction of missiles at a factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, The Washington Post reported earlier this week, citing intel sources.

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 that the painstaking identification process could take anywhere between days to decades to complete.

But it is not clear if those remains have been repatriated as well.

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