North Korean officials snub meeting on U.S. soldiers' remains

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Trump: Kim Will Get 'Rocket Man' CD Later, Plus Surprise 'Little Gift'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un praised Donald Trump in a letter after last month's summit in Singapore, saying the United States president's "energetic and extraordinary efforts" in reshaping relations between the two countries will help create a "new future" for both sides.

After U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's meeting with North Korean officials in Pyongyang last week, he stated the U.S. and North Korea would hold working-level talks on repatriating the remains, July 12. The letter was dated July 6, 2018, and was addressed to "H.E. Donald J. Trump", in what appears to be the latest sign that the two men were getting along after making history at the first-ever meeting between a sitting USA president and North Korean supreme leader in Singapore last month.

In his letter, which was written 24 days after the June 12 summit in Singapore, Kim addressed Mr Trump as "Your Excellency Mr President".

Kim also voices hope "the invariable trust and confidence in Your Excellency Mr. President will be further strengthened in the future process of taking practical actions".

Kim used the abbreviation for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Foreign ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk said, "The government hopes the agreements reached between leaders at the North Korea-U.S. summit, including the repatriation of Korean War remains, will be swiftly carried out as a means to fulfill the goal of complete denuclearization and establishment of a peace system on the Korean Peninsula".

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.

"We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea".

The US president shared the missive from the North Korean dictator on Twitter Thursday.

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The BBC reported speculation that North Korea may want payment for the return of the remains.

"We had expected that the USA side would offer constructive measures that would help build trust based on the spirit of the leaders' summit. we were also thinking about providing reciprocal measures", Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, according to The Associated Press.

In an article published by 38 North, a website devoted to expert analysis of North Korea, Robert Carlin noted that the language in the release suggested some progress has been made during the talks.

Trump also announced that the US would suspend "war games" with South Korea.

Pompeo said after his trip that there had been progress in the talks.

Trump agreed to halt bi-annual U.S. military exercises conducted with South Korean forces, while Kim made a vague commitment to denuclearization.

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

Returning the remains of the troops was part of the deal signed by Kim and Trump in Singapore.

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