Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Donald Trump Issues Another 'Thank You' To Dictator Kim Jong Un

Donald Trump Issues Another 'Thank You' To Dictator Kim Jong Un

It's confirmed, President Donald Trump did receive a letter from his North Korean counterpart.

President Trump publicly thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Thursday for returning the remains of USA soldiers who died in the Korean War; adding he looks forward to meeting the communist ruler in the near future.

John Byrd, director of analysis for the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), told reporters at Osan that the family of the soldier identified by the dog tag had been notified.

Some have called the Korean War the "forgotten war".

The pledge to return the remains of US soldiers was made during a landmark summit between Trump and Kim in June in Singapore, where North Korea committed to work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

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When the North Koreans turned over the 55 boxes to Byrd and other US officials at Wonsan on July 27 they said the cases contained remains of an undetermined number of Americans, but the only identification item provided was a single military dog tag, Byrd said. The correspondence came amid fresh concerns over Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearisation.

At the summit, North Korea had agreed to eventually denuclearize in return for unspecified security guarantees from the U.S.

The Washington Post reported on Monday that North Korea appeared to be building one or two new liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles at the research facility, citing unidentified officials familiar with intelligence reporting.

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Byrd, who went to Wonsan in North Korea last week as part of the team that brought back the remains, said he was told by North Korean officials that the remains were recovered from the village of Sin Hung-ri on the east side of the reservoir.

The repatriation of USA remains was agreed by Mr Trump and Mr Kim after their June summit in Singapore.

The Washington Post on Tuesday reported that USA intelligence officials suspect North Korea is continuing to build new missiles in the same research facility that manufactured the country's ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was headed to an Asian security meeting in Singapore, where a meeting this weekend with North Korea's foreign minister was possible.

Pompeo said at the time he had made progress on key issues, only for North Korea to accuse his delegation hours later of making "gangster-like" demands. -North Korean excavations but that this process is not yet underway.

Friday's transfer of the remains on the Korean Peninsula coincided with the 65th anniversary of the 1953 armistice that ended fighting between North Korean and Chinese forces and South Korean and USA -led forces under the U.N. Command.

It's still unclear where the United States stands with North Korea.

The Pentagon said last week it was considering the possibility of sending personnel to North Korea to search for additional remains.

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