Trump tweets 'very nice note' from Kim Jong Un

Chinese President Xi Jinping

US President Donald Trump has published a letter from Kim Jong-un, in which North Korea's leader voices hopes for a "new future" in bilateral relations.

Trump wrote: 'A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea. "Great progress being made".

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the head of US intelligence to assess whether North Korea's posture and actions regarding denuclearization match up with the Trump administration's claims.

Kim expresses "invariable trust and confidence" in the president and wishes that "epochal progress" in promoting relations will "bring our next meeting forward".

That was the day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived for two days of meetings with top North Korean officials, which ended on a sour note after Pyongyang blasted the US side over a "unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization".

"We had a productive conversation", the USA top diplomat said, but added, "There remains a great deal of work to do".

Moon, speaking in Singapore with its president and prime minister, said that talks on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula between North Korea and the United States may face hurdles and take time, his office said. A confidential U.S. report presented to the United Nations security council, however, estimated the delivery of at least 759,793 barrels of oil products to North Korea between 1 January 1 and 30 May.

President Trump met with North Korean Dictator 26 days ago.

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The latest move (or non-move) was the North's failure to show up at the DMZ Thursday for talks on repatriating remains of Americans killed in the Korean War.

"It's possible that Pompeo proposed July 12 as the date for the meeting and then hastily made it public without confirmation from Pyongyang", a diplomatic source said.

Pompeo had said a Pentagon team would meet with the North's officials on or around Thursday at the inter-Korea border to discuss the repatriation.

The secretary of state did not meet Kim as he had on his previous two trips to Pyongyang this year, and after his departure, the North's foreign ministry accused the USA of making "gangster-like" demands that it unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons.

If realized, they will be the first general-level military talks between North Korea and the UNC since March 2009. Pompeo has called the meetings "productive" while North Korean state media referred to Pompeo's posturing in meetings as "gangster-like".

The Department of Defense estimates that North Korea is holding about 200 sets of remains from some 5,300 American military personnel believed missing in the country.

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.

However, recovery efforts were suspended when the relationship between both countries worsened, as the North began the advancement of its nuclear programme. If that approach doesn't work with Kim, then it's pretty safe to say nothing will - and we haven't lost anything with this strategy even if that's the case.

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