North Korea no-shows at meeting to discuss return of USA soldier remains

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In a post on Twitter, Mr Trump said the letter, dated July 6, was very nice and was a sign of "Great progress being made!".

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

Kim refers to Trump as "your excellency" five times, praises the "improvement of relations" between the USA and North Korea, and expresses hope for a new future.

The source said that Kim did not see any need to hold dialogue with Japan before his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae In in April, instead favoring relations with the United States, China and Russian Federation.

North Korea failed to show up Thursday for talks with US officials on returning the remains of American war dead from the Korean War in the early 1950s, a new sign of tension between the two countries.

Earlier Thursday, a diplomatic source here said the USA and North Korea were still in talks to set a date for working-level dialogue over the repatriation of remains of American troops.

The US intelligence report sent to the United Nations sanctions committee estimated that ship-to-ship transfers may have provided North Korea with as much as 1,367,628 barrels of refined products.

"No one can be optimistic about the results", Moon said in Singapore on Thursday, "but my cautious outlook is that the negotiations would be able to succeed if the North carries out a complete denuclearization, and the global community gathers efforts to provide security guarantees to the North". The two countries have resisted toughening sanctions on North Korea.

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"We were ready", the official said.

North Korean officials did not turn up to a Thursday meeting with the US military about repatriating the remains of American war dead, according to a USA official with knowledge of the situation.

But there's growing skepticism in Washington over the Trump administration's engagement with North Korea.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang for two days last week in a bid to flesh out denuclearization commitments made during last month's historic summit. Pyongyang has asked the UN Command Armistice Commission to upgrade the talks to a higher level to include a US general, South Korea's foreign ministry said.

North Korean and USA teams, as well as United Nations officials, had been due to discuss the details of repatriation.

Kim did not meet with Pompeo during his visit this month, viewed widely by foreign affairs analysts as an intentional slight since the two had met twice previously in Pyongyang. As for the scheduled working-level meetings on repatriation of remains on July 12-something which Trump maintains publicly has already happened- the North Korean side never showed up .

On June 23, the U.S. Forces Korea said that it had moved 100 wooden "temporary transit cases" to the border to prepare for the remains' delivery.

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