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Offbeat What’s Missing From Kim Jong Un’s ‘Very Nice Note’ to Trump

23:05  12 july  2018
23:05  12 july  2018 Source:   theatlantic.com

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President Donald Trump has tweeted a letter to him from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un heralding "epochal progress" in U. S .-North Korea relations. Trump described the letter as a " very nice note " and said, "Great progress being made!"

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has tweeted a letter him from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ( kim jawng oon) heralding “epochal progress” in U. S .-North Korea relations. Trump describes the letter as a “ very nice note ” and says, “Great progress being made!”

a man sitting at a table © Reuters / KCNA

Donald Trump called it “a very nice note.” And it is super-nice! In the letter that the president published on Twitter on Thursday, Kim Jong Un refers to Trump as “Your Excellency” and writes glowingly of the “meaningful journey” he and the U.S. president have embarked on since last month’s summit in Singapore. He notes the “epochal progress” they’re pursuing in improving U.S.-North Korea relations, which he suggests could include a second meeting between the two leaders.

But there’s one word conspicuously missing from the message, which Kim’s deputy delivered to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang last weekend: “denuclearization.” The North Korean leader makes no mention of giving up his nuclear-weapons program, his more ambiguous vow in Singapore to “work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” or anything else related to his nuclear weapons. The closest he gets is mentioning “faithful implementation of the joint statement” he and Trump signed at the summit, but even there it’s in the context of praising Trump’s efforts to implement the agreement, not his own.

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After meeting with North Korean officials at the White House, President Trump said that the letter he received from Kim Jong Un was “ very nice .”

North Korean leader Kim - Jong - un has sent President Donald Trump a note expressing his satisfaction with last month’ s summit in Singapore, and his desire to meet again. President Trump tweeted out the note , dated July 6, on Thursday. “A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea,” Trump said.

The omission is significant for two reasons. First, Kim wrote the letter at a time when several signs have emerged that North Korea may not be prepared to make serious concessions on its nuclear program. Pompeo left his meetings in Pyongyang—the first high-level talks since the Singapore summit—with nothing substantive but Kim’s letter and a furious statement from the North Korean Foreign Ministry, denouncing the secretary of state for pressing the Kim government to disclose the elements of its nuclear program and take verifiable steps to dismantle it. “The North Koreans were just messing around, not serious about moving forward,” one anonymous source with knowledge of Pompeo’s negotiations told CNN. This week, the North Koreans, without offering an explanation, didn’t show up for a planned meeting with U.S. officials at the Korean Demilitarized Zone to discuss returning the remains of U.S. soldiers killed during the Korean War—repeating the kind of snub that contributed to the temporary cancellation of the Trump-Kim summit in May. The “immediate repatriation” of remains already identified was one of the four points in the Singapore agreement.

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted a letter to him from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un heralding "epochal progress" in U. S .-North Korea relations, despite signs that Trump described the letter as a " very nice note " and said, "Great progress being made!"

Donald Trump just can’t quit Kim Jong Un , despite North Korea calling denuclearization talks with the U. S . “regrettable” on Saturday and various other signs that the country has no intention of giving up its entire nuclear stockpile. A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea.

Second, the letter is yet another indication that North Korea is emphasizing better relations over denuclearization, even though the diplomatic process that it’s currently engaged in has been designed to pursue both goals simultaneously. The concern, Duyeon Kim of the Center for a New American Security told me earlier this week, is that North Korea could hold nuclear talks “hostage to peace talks” by focusing “heavily or only on a peace regime and normalizing relations with the U.S. while pushing serious negotiations on denuclearization to much later. … Then we may end up signing peace with a nuclear-armed, economically vibrant North Korea that also enjoys normal relations with the U.S.”

On Monday, Pompeo sought to put a positive spin on the discouraging developments in recent days by noting that the North Korean statement that had been so critical of his visit “continued to express [Kim’s] desire to complete the denuclearization to which he is so committed.” And the statement did, indeed, make brief mention of denuclearization as a process that depends on building trust and better relations between North Korea and the United States. In his own letter, though, Kim himself didn’t seem to think it worth mentioning.

Trump Tweets 'Very Nice Note' He Says He Got From Kim Jong Un .
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un praised Donald Trump in a letter after last month’s summit in Singapore, saying the U.S. president’s “energetic and extraordinary efforts” in reshaping relations between the two countries will help create a “new future” for both sides. “The significant first meeting with Your Excellency and the joint statement that we signed together in Singapore 24 days ago was indeed the start of a meaningful journey,” Kim wrote in the July 6 letter Trump posted on Twitter alongside an English translation on Thursday.

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