North Korean leader receives letter from President Trump

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has received a personal letter of “excellent content” from US President Donald Trump, the country’s state media has said, amid a nuclear deadlock between Pyongyang and Washington.
Talks have been stalled since the collapse of a second summit between Kim and Trump in Hanoi in February after the pair failed to agree on what North Korea would be willing to give up in exchange for sanctions relief.
The US is demanding that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons entirely before international sanctions are lifted. North Korea is seeking a step-by-step approach.
The two sides have blamed each other for the breakdown, but both leaders have expressed a willingness to meet again, with Trump saying earlier this month that he had received a “beautiful letter” from Kim.
On Sunday, North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Trump had written to Kim, who praised the letter as “excellent” and said he would “seriously contemplate the interesting content”.
The report gave no further details about the content of the letter or when it was sent and received.
The front page of North’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper carried a photo of Kim reading Trump’s letter in his office.
The White House declined to confirm whether Trump had sent a letter to Kim.
But South Korea’s presidential Blue House said it was aware of the correspondence through its communication with Washington.
“The government views it as positive in that the momentum of dialogue between the North and the US is being maintained through top-level letter exchanges,” the Blue House said.
The KCNA report came just two days after Kim hosted China’s President Xi Jinping, who wrapped up a highly symbolic visit to nuclear-armed North Korea on Friday.
Aljazeera

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