Trump receives new letter from Kim Jong Un, sends his reply

Hugh Fox
August 2, 2018

A U.S. Marine stands at attention as caskets containing the remains of American servicemen from the Korean War handed over by North Korea arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S., August 1, 2018.

The White House says President Donald Trump has received a letter from North Korea's Kim Jong Un, following up on the two leaders' June summit in Singapore.

The White House did not provide details on the specific content of the letter, which was received Wednesday.

The remains of dozens of soldiers, presumed to be Americans who died in the Korean War, arrived in Pearl Harbor on Wednesday local time.

Mr. Trump previously shared a similar "very nice" letter he received from Kim last month where the dictator highlighted "epochal progress" in U.S-North Korea relations.

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"Some have called the Korean War the forgotten war", Pence said.

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Trump has continually touted his June Singapore summit as a success and praised Kim.

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.

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.

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More than 7,700 US troops remain unaccounted for from the Korea War.

But the process could take anywhere from days, to decades. The timing would coincide with the U.N. General Assembly meeting when world leaders gather in New York City.

US intelligence agencies are seeing signs of construction of missiles at a factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, The Washington Post reported earlier this week, citing intel sources.

More than 400 caskets of remains found in North Korea were returned to the United States between the 1990s and 2005, with the bodies of some 330 other Americans also accounted for, according to the DPAA.

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