White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has received a request from the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to follow up their historic summit in June, and the planning is in motion to make it happen.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that no details are finalised.
Trump had told reporters last week that he expected a letter from Kim. Sanders said Trump has received the letter, which she described as “very warm, very positive”. The White House will not release the full letter, unless Kim agrees it should be made public, ” she said.
“The primary purpose of the letter is to ask and to look at the schedule a meeting with the president, that we are open to and are already in the process of coordinating that,” Sanders said at her first press conference in nearly three weeks. She pulled the letter as “a further proof of progress” in the relations between the leaders.
The relations between Trump and Kim seemed to ebb and flow since Trump became the first sitting president of the united states to meet North Korean leader. Their historic one-day summit in June in Singapore was held to discuss denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, and Trump emerged from their conversations full of praise for the authoritarian Kim.
Trump recently called off a planned visit by Secretary of state Mike Pompeo to North Korea, citing the lack of progress in the direction of eliminating its nuclear arsenal.
But on Sunday, the president offered fresh praise for Kim after a North Korean military parade, which, unlike in the past, parades, downplayed the missiles and nuclear weapons, which North Korea at the edge of a military conflict with the United States just a year ago.
“This is a great and very positive statement from North Korea,” Trump tweeted Sunday on the parade. “Thank you, President Kim. We will prove everyone wrong! There is nothing like a good dialogue of two people who like each other! Much better than before I took office.”
Sanders also referred to the parade in her comments on Monday.
“The recent parade in North Korea, for once, not about their nuclear arsenal,” she said, characterizing the event as “a sign of good faith.” Trump, she said, had achieved “great success” with its policies as far in the direction of North Korea “and this letter is further evidence of the progress in that relationship.”
Sanders cited this year the return of the Americans imprisoned in North Korea along with North Korea’s decision to repatriate scores of human remains, presumably those of American soldiers who went missing during the Korean War. Trump also made mention of the fact that North Korea has not tested a ballistic missile or nuclear material in many months.
But although North Korea has destroyed, or at least parts of its nuclear test site, and says it has dismantled a rocket engine test site, it is to declare that the contents of the atomic arsenal or take concrete steps to end its weapons program. In the last month, the U. N. atomic watchdog said it had “serious concerns” about the continuation and development of North Korea’s nuclear program.
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