Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Trump received letter from North Korea's Kim on August 1 - White House

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters Friday Sept. 23 2016 North Korean Foreign Minister to Deliver Keynote Address at U.N. General Assembly AP
Charlie Simmons | 03 August, 2018, 15:41

"The ongoing correspondence between the two leaders is aimed at following up on their meeting in Singapore and advancing the commitments made in the US-DPRK join statement", said Sanders in a statement on Thursday.

The White House confirmed Trump had received a new letter from Kim but did not reveal its content. Trump wrote on Twitter.

In his address, Pence said the remains are only the first batch sent to the United States.

On Thursday, Trump tweeted his thanks to the North Korean leader "for your nice letter - I look forward to seeing you soon!"

Vice President Mike Pence (R) receives a flag from Navy Rear Adm. Jon Kreitz, deputy director of the POW/MIA Accounting Agency during a visit to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, Aug. 1, 2018.

The agency has DNA samples from 92 percent of the families of the almost 7,700 Americans still missing from the Korean War.

An honor guard signals a command as caskets containing the remains of American servicemen from the Korean War handed over by North Korea arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu on August 1.

Trump has sought to show progress from his June 12 summit with Kim in Singapore. About 5,300 were lost in what is now North Korea.

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Trump alluded to the letter in a late-night tweet thanking Kim for this week's return of remains of dozens of United States soldiers killed during the Korean War. Despite the summit pledge McKeague said it wasn't until July 15 that North Korea notified the United Nations that it would transfer 55 boxes of remains.

He said samples from the remains would be sent to the Armed Forces Identification Laboratories at Dover Air Force Base in DE to begin the DNA process. The two sides remain technically at war because a peace treaty was never signed. Vice President Mike Pence and USA military leaders received the remains in Hawaii during a somber ceremony on Wednesday.

The United States and North Korea conducted joint searches from 1996 until 2005, when Washington halted the operations, citing concerns about the safety of its personnel as Pyongyang stepped up its nuclear programme.

The U.S. military flew the remains from Osan Air Base in South Korea after they had undergone an initial field forensic review.

Richard PompeoSeoul wants to make some defense reforms, but we're not there yet The Hill's Morning Report - Obama's return sets up heavyweight fight with Trump Russian meddling continues and Trump couldn't care less MORE said Friday that North Korea still has more work to do before fulfilling its promise to denuclearize, according to the Associated Press.

"China all along has believed that the consensus reached by US and North Korea's leaders meeting in Singapore is very precious", Wang told reporters.

A USA defense official told VOA North Korea has provided nearly no information to help identify the individuals, and that the process could take months or years to complete.

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