Kim hopes for 'improvement of relations' with USA in letter to Trump

U.S. President Trump and North Korea's Kim walk together before their working lunch during their summit in Singapore

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has a "little gift" for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but wouldn't reveal what it is.

President Trump told reporters while leaving the White House this morning to fly to Brussels for the NATO summit that he does have a special gift for North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, but it hasn't been gifted yet.

And a North Korean delegation failed to show up for a meeting with US officials in the demilitarized zone between North Korea and South Korea this week to discuss the repatriation of remains of USA military troops during the Korean War.

Kim also agreed to repatriate remains of U.S. troops who died during the Korean War six decades ago.

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said North Korea has now offered to meet the delegation on Sunday.

The UNC told the USA defense ministry about North Korea's proposal and is waiting for Washington's answer, the source added.

Kim expressed deep appreciation for "the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr. President and for the improvement of relations between the two countries and the faithful implementation of the joint statement".

There was no indication of whether the North Koreans intentionally blew off the meeting.

The North, instead, reportedly proposed holding general-level military talks with the United Nations Command (UNC) to discuss returning the war remains to the U.S. It is unknown whether the North Korean side gave any prior notification to the U.S. about this.

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", she told reporters aboard Pompeo's plane, as the top USA diplomat flew home to Washington after attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

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

Pompeo called the talks "productive", although North Korea said it was disappointed with the emphasis on denuclearization with a lack of security guarantees. "It is likely that military generals from the USA and North Korea will take part in the meeting".

North Korea's criticism of talks with Pompeo fueled further doubts about whether Trump will ever achieve his goal of "complete denuclearization", much less on the timeline of one to 2-1/2 years set out by various administration officials.

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