Trump says N. Korea’s Kim sent ‘very beautiful letter’; new meeting possible

Kim Jong Un (R) and US President Donald Trump at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi. (AFP)

President Donald Trump said on Friday he has received a “very beautiful letter” on Thursday from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and added that he could have another meeting with him.

Speaking to reporters, Trump did not say when such a meeting would take place. North Korea has been testing missiles despite a June 30 meeting between Trump and Kim at which the two agreed to revive stalled working-level talks, which have yet to resume.

President Trump also said that he agreed with Kim Jong Un’s opposition to US-South Korea war games.

“He wasn't happy with the war games,” Trump said of Kim’s letter, which Trump said explained why Pyongyang had been conducting missile tests.

“You know I’ve never liked it either ” Trump said.

Trump and Kim have met three times since last year to discuss ways to resolve a crisis over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, but progress has been scant on Washington’s aim of getting the North Korea leader to give up his weapons.

The recent missile tests have raised questions about the future of dialogue. Pyongyang has warned of a possible end to its freeze of nuclear and long-range missile tests in place since 2017. Trump has repeatedly pointed to that freeze as evidence of the success of more than a year of engagement with Kim.

Keen to tout his North Korea policy as a success ahead of his 2020 reelection bid, Trump has sought to play down the missile launches, saying they do not violate Kim’s pledge to forego nuclear and long-range tests.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday he was hopeful talks would resume in coming weeks and that the US side was planning for negotiations in a couple of weeks.

A summit between Trump and Kim in Hanoi in February collapsed over a failure to narrow differences over US demands for North Korea to give up all of its nuclear weapons and Pyongyang’s demands for relief from punishing sanctions.

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