North Koreans Miss Meeting About US Soldier Remains

North Koreans Miss Meeting About US Soldier Remains

North Koreans Miss Meeting About US Soldier Remains

North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-Un, has written a note to U.S. President Donald Trump, describing the American leader as "energetic and extraordinary". He tweeted after the summit that "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea", and he has praised the "great success" during campaign rallies.

The United States said Thursday that North Korea has already exceeded the annual cap allowed for oil imports, and asked the United Nations to order an immediate halt to all transfers of oil to the country.

It said this had been done through ship-to-ship transfers at sea using 89 North Korean tankers. "If those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster, because there was a unanimous decision at the UN Security Council about what needs to be achieved", he told reporters.

North Korean officials did not show up to a planned meeting with U.S. officials at the demilitarized zone Thursday, where they were expected to continue discussions on repatriating the remains of Americans killed during the Korean War, a senior USA official tells CNN.

What was in Kim's letter?

The President released the letter in Korean with an English translation.

He also says that bilateral trust should be "further strengthened in the future process of taking practical actions".

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

Thursday's developments follow Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang last week, which was meant to make progress on a denuclearization agreement with North Korea. He did not elaborate.

The president's comments on China appeared to reflect concern that US imposition of punitive tariffs on Chinese imports last week could make China less cooperative in pressuring the North over its nuclear and missile programs.

Trump unilaterally made a decision to suspend military drills with South Korea, which could potentially wither and undermine the rationale behind an important U.S. foothold in Asia.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday that North Korea's criticism of the United States after recent talks on denuclearisation was part of its strategy and negotiations between them are on the "right track".

"North Korea not showing up could be an expression of dissatisfaction toward the US for making excessive demands in the high-level talks last week", Kyungnam University professor Kim Dong-yub said".

The note from Kim comes after Mr Trump reportedly sent a special gift over for Kim with Mr Pompeo - a copy of Elton John's "Rocket Man".

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What about the planned repatriation meeting?

It had been expected at the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom.

At high-level talks last week, North Korea and the USA confirmed they are still poles apart on the next steps to be taken in the process.

An agreement to return the remains of U.S. service members was touted by the Trump administration as one of the commitments secured during the president's historic summit with Kim on 12 June.

The Pentagon says Pyongyang has indicated several times they have as many as 200 sets of remains that could be those of USA soldiers who died in the war.

The US military has since announced that 100 wooden coffins have been moved to the inter-Korean border in preparation.

Meanwhile evidence is piling up that North Korea is still working on its nuclear weapons.

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