Trump Releases Kim's Letter Expressing Hope for Improved Bilateral Relations

Write : 2018-07-13 13:51:51 Update : 2018-07-13 15:42:25

Trump Releases Kim's Letter Expressing Hope for Improved Bilateral Relations

Anchor: In light of recent setbacks that have cast doubt on Washington's denuclearization talks with Pyongyang, U.S. President Donald Trump released a personal letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un expressing hope for an improvement in bilateral ties. 
Choi You Sun has this report.

Report: In a tweet Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump posted a four-paragraph note, both in Korean and translated into English, from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

In the letter, Kim touted the two leaders’ first summit in Singapore last month and their joint statement as "the start of a meaningful journey."

Kim then expressed his appreciation toward Trump's "energetic and extraordinary efforts" for an improvement in their two countries' relations and the implementation of the joint statement.

The North Korean leader also said their "strong will, sincere efforts and unique approach" towards a new future will bear fruit.

Kim ended the note by hoping his trust and confidence in Trump will further strengthen in the process of taking "practical actions," adding progress could bring their next meeting forward.

The letter was dated July sixth, so it was likely given to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his visit to Pyongyang at the time. 

While Kim offered no reassurances on his denuclearization commitments, Trump accompanied the note with a message saying great progress was being made.

At a press conference after the NATO leaders' meeting in Brussels, Trump sought to maintain the momentum of his summit with Kim.

[Sound bite: US President Donald Trump]
"I really think that we established a very good relationship. We'll see where it all ends. But there have been no missile tests. There have been no research [sic]."

Pompeo, who was with Trump in Brussels, also emphasized that his negotiating counterpart and Kim Jong-un's top aide Kim Yong-chol has remained committed to denuclearization.
Choi You Sun, KBS World Radio News.

[Photo : YONHAP News]

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