Read the ‘very nice’ letter Kim Jong-un sent Trump last week

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

It comes after Mr Trump released a "very nice note" from Mr Kim, signalling his optimism about efforts to end the nuclear stand-off with North Korea. Great progress being made!' "President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

President Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12.

North Korean officials didn't show up for a planned meeting with US counterparts to discuss returning the remains of American war dead, South Korean media reported, in the latest sign of tensions between the two sides.

"North Korea not showing up could be an expression of dissatisfaction toward the USA for making excessive demands in the high-level talks last week", Kyungnam University professor Kim Dong-yub said".

The U.S. says North Korea has continued to smuggle refined petroleum products into the country in excess of the quota of 500,000 barrels per year allowed under United Nations sanctions imposed because of nuclear and missile programs.

Kim, in his note, praised Trump for "energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr. President for the improvement of relations between the two countries and the faithful implementation of the joint statement".

North Korea reportedly has the remains of about 5,300 United States soldiers who were killed during the Korean War, which ended with an armistice in 1953.

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

US officials and experts have said the shift in attitude was to be expected as the North Koreans are known for brinkmanship and trying to up the ante ahead of tough negotiations over their nuclear missile program.

But readers soon pointed out that the letter didn't actually mention any action that had been taken, and only made vague promises about 'the future progress of taking practical actions'. "We will be ready".

The translated letter began, "Your Excellency Mr. President".

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

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

Speaking to Fox News about the possibility of a Kim visit to the White House, Trump said last month that such a visit "could happen", and added that he and Kim "had good chemistry".

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