Kim Jong Un Praises Trump, but Omits Denuclearization

President Trump released a letter written by North Korea Dictator Kim Jong Un Thursday afternoon and said nuclear negotiations with the regime are going well.

The letter, dated July 6 and translated from Korean, called the two leaders' "significant" first summit on June 12 the "the start of a meaningful journey".

The talks Sunday are expected to involve officials from the Pentagon and the U.N. Command, which commanded US -led allied forces during the war and is involved in maintaining the armistice that ended the fighting in 1953. US intelligence analysts said in the wake of the summit that Pyongyang is working to hide key elements of its program, including the number of weapons it maintains and secret production facilities.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the talks would be held in the truce village of Panmunjom after his fraught visit to North Korea last week, although he added the caveat that "it could move by one day or two".

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Now, however, the mood in Pyongyang appears to be more conciliatory, with Kim keen for another meeting with Trump. Although Pompeo insisted progress continued to be made, North Korea accused the USA of making "gangster-like" demands.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered his aides to "re-explain" to Tokyo the findings of a probe into the whereabouts of missing Japanese nationals suspected to have been abducted by Pyongyang decades ago, according to a South Korean activist. 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. Roughly 5,300 USA troops presumed to have been killed in the Korean war are unaccounted for.

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

The president says he believes the North Korean leader wants to denuclearize, and that he "trusts" him.

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The most contrarian nugget of Carlin's analysis was his assertion that the statement, and North Korean domestic media's coverage of the visit, suggests progress was made.

Kim made that commitment when he met Mr Trump in Singapore last month.

Pompeo insisted the talks were making progress but as soon as he left, the North's foreign ministry berated him over his "unilateral and gangster-like" demands and for offering no constructive steps on the United States side.

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Mount said Trump's reaction would be a concern.

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