Trump tweets ‘very nice note’ he received from Kim Jong Un

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Kim Jong Un had committed to returning the remains of the troops from the 1950-53 conflict during talks with US President Donald Trump on 12 June.

North Korea is in full retreat from dictator Kim Jong Un's promises to President Trump after their sitdown last month. "Great progress being made", Trump said in a tweet that included a copy of the letter in Korean and an English translation.

Mr Kim had agreed during the summit with President Trump to recover "POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified".

Pompeo had said when announcing the talks that the meeting could "move by one day or two".

But in stark contrast, Pyongyang's take was overwhelmingly negative, with the North warning that the future of the peace process was being jeopardized by "unilateral and gangster-like" U.S. demands for its nuclear disarmament.

It's nearly certainly no coincidence that this report happened to be available at the very moment when North Korea exhibited balkiness in the negotiations. In the past, it had demanded sanctions relief and economic concessions first, he said.

Trump has sought to cast his summit with Kim as a major victory, although reports have suggested North Korea is continuing with its nuclear programme and promises of "denuclearisation" remain vague.

He said he saw a big difference in North Korea's attitudes to talks.


Separately, the U.S. has accused North Korea of violating a United Nations sanctions cap on refined oil products.

The committee was expected to take five days to consider the request, which China and Russian Federation are expected to block.

But at the border village of Panmunjom on Thursday, the North Koreans were a no-show for their scheduled working-level talks with US officials on the repatriation of American troops killed in the North during the Korean War.

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

Pyongyang may be interested in taking the conversation beyond the scope of USA war remains, which would have been the topic of discussion at Panmunjom on Thursday. Pompeo has called the meetings "productive" while North Korean state media referred to Pompeo's posturing in meetings as "gangster-like".

"We will be ready", Nauert said.

It was not immediately clear why North Korean officials had not attended the meeting or whether they had ever confirmed their intention to. The U.S. also risks giving the North Koreans leverage to continue diplomacy and drag out disarmament talks. American officials have been on standby for weeks and have sent wooden coffins and flags to Panmunjom in preparation for a handover.

The president says he believes the North Korean leader wants to denuclearize, and that he "trusts" him.

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