Official North Korea Appreciation Thread

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Re: Official North Korea Appreciation Thread

Postby Anaxagoras » Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:29 pm

North Koreans Are No-Shows at Meeting to Discuss U.S. Soldiers’ Remains

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean officials did not show up on Thursday for a meeting with Americans at the inter-Korean border to discuss the return of remains of United States soldiers killed in the Korean War, officials said.

Kim Jong-un, the North’s leader, committed to repatriating American soldiers’ remains in his June talks with President Trump. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week, after meeting with officials in North Korea, that working-level talks on the matter would be held on or around Thursday in Panmunjom, the so-called truce village on the border between North and South Korea.

Though American military officials went to Panmunjom for the meeting on Thursday, their North Korean counterparts did not, according to a United States defense official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. A South Korean government official, who also asked for anonymity, confirmed that the North Koreans had not shown up at Panmunjom.

It was not clear whether the Americans had been deliberately stood up. Mr. Pompeo had cautioned that the date for the planned meeting at Panmunjom “could move by one day or two,” indicating that the two sides had not settled all the details before he left Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, on Saturday.
Mr. Pompeo said his discussions in Pyongyang had been productive, though he left without a North Korean agreement to take specific steps toward dismantling its nuclear weapons program. North Korea later said it was seriously disappointed by Mr. Pompeo’s visit, accusing him of making a “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization,” while failing to offer corresponding American incentives to improve ties between the two countries.

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Re: Official North Korea Appreciation Thread

Postby Witness » Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:23 am

Donald Trump tweets 'very nice' letter from Kim Jong-un

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.

Mr Trump said the letter from Mr Kim (dated 6 July), was "a very nice note".

But it made no mention of any efforts by Pyongyang towards denuclearisation - a key issue the two leaders discussed at June's historic summit in Singapore.

Separately, the US has accused North Korea of violating a UN sanctions cap on refined oil products.

It said this had been done through ship-to-ship transfers at sea using 89 North Korean tankers. The US did not say which countries were illicitly providing Pyongyang with the products.
The English translation of the four-paragraph document was tweeted by Mr Trump on Thursday.

In it, Mr Kim says: "I deeply appreciate the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr President.

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

Mr Kim says that "the epochal progress" in promoting bilateral ties "will bring our next meeting forward".

In publishing the letter, President Trump tweeted: "Great progress being made!" He did not elaborate.


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