Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Trump received letter from North Korea's Kim on August 1: White House

Trump received letter from North Korea's Kim on August 1: White House

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

US President Donald Trump has said he looks forward to meeting Kim Jong-un, as he thanked him for handing over possible remains of US Korean War dead.

Trump tweeted early Thursday his thanks to Kim "for your nice letter - I look forward to seeing you soon!"

The content of the letter wasn't disclosed, but White House press secretary Sarah Sanders described the correspondence as the next step in an effort to reach an agreement over the North's nuclear arsenal.

His comments came hours after Vice President Mike Pence presided over a ceremony in the state of Hawaii marking the repatriation of the 55 sets of remains to US soil.

The latest letter from Kim arrived on the heels of concerns over North Korea's ballistic missile program and commitment to denuclearization.

Kim also sent a letter to Trump in mid-July in which the North Korean leader said he hoped there would be a second meeting between the two.

An estimated 5,300 United States service members listed as unaccounted for from the 1950-53 conflict in North Korea. He said during a Tuesday rally in Tampa, Florida, that the USA was "doing well" with North Korea and noted the return of detained Americans and Pyongyang's ceasing of nuclear testing and missile tests.

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.

Trump has sought to show progress from his June 12 summit with Kim in Singapore.

But the process could take anywhere from days, to decades.

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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