Trump has 'little gift' for N.Korean leader

Trump: Kim Will Get 'Rocket Man' CD Later, Plus Surprise 'Little Gift'

Foreign ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk said, "The government hopes the agreements reached between leaders at the North Korea-U.S. summit, including the repatriation of Korean War remains, will be swiftly carried out as a means to fulfill the objective of complete denuclearization and establishment of a peace system on the Korean Peninsula".

"North Korea would have to deal with the consequences of breaking away from the negotiations if it were to do so, so it will likely not make an extreme decision", Kim said.

Mr. Pompeo denied that the talks went poorly, telling pool reporters that progress was made "in every element of our discussions".

The US president called it a "very nice note from Chairman Kim" and said "great progress is being made".

In the note, Kim addresses Trump formally, calling him "Your Excellency Mr. President", ( five times) and describes the June 12 meeting of the two leaders as "the start of a meaningful journey".

"I extend my conviction that the epochal progress in promoting the DPRK-U.S. relations will bring our next meeting forward", Mr. Kim wrote.

North Korean officials denounced the meeting at its conclusion, accusing the USA of having a "gangster-like" attitude in negotiations.

The secretary of state did not meet Kim as he had on his previous two trips to Pyongyang this year, and after his departure, the North's foreign ministry accused the USA of making "gangster-like" demands that it unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons.

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Trump himself has remained upbeat about the outcome of the first summit between the leaders of the USA and North Korea.

Kim made that commitment when he met Mr Trump in Singapore last month.

North Korean officials did not show up to a planned meeting with USA officials at the demilitarized zone Thursday, where they were expected to continue discussions on repatriating the remains of Americans killed during the Korean War, a senior USA official tells CNN.

U.S. negotiators arrived Thursday at the militarized border between the two Koreas as previously announced by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and were kept waiting, the Yonhap News Agency reported, citing diplomatic officials it didn't identify.

"Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!" The agreement reportedly covered the remains of some 200 American soldiers.

North Korean and USA teams, as well as United Nations officials, had been due to discuss the details of repatriation.

The White House had said earlier Pompeo would meet with the leader, but the encounter did not materialise and the top United States diplomat only met with Kim Yong Chol.

Earlier Thursday, a diplomatic source here said the US and North Korea were still in talks to set a date for working-level dialogue over the repatriation of remains of American troops.

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