Trump re­ceives Kim Jong-un’s let­ter, ex­pects meet­ing in near fu­ture

Asian Journal - - WORLD -

Wash­ing­ton: US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said he has re­ceived a “great” let­ter from the top leader of the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Ko­rea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un and ex­pected their sec­ond meet­ing to take place in the “not-too-dis­tant fu­ture.”

“I just got a great let­ter from Kim Jong Un,” Trump was quoted as say­ing by Xin­hua news agency on Wed­nes­day.

“We’ll prob­a­bly now have an­other meet­ing ... we’ll be set­ting that up in the not-toodistant fu­ture,” said Trump at the White House dur­ing a Cabi­net meet­ing.

In early De­cem­ber, Trump had re­vealed that his sec­ond meet­ing with Kim was likely to hap­pen in Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary. Trump’s words came one day af­ter Py­ongyang re­leased a se­ries of pos­i­tive sig­nals over the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula.

Kim said on Tues­day in his New Year speech the he would push for­ward the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion and was ready to meet with Trump at any time.

Kim also stressed his de­ter­mi­na­tion to work to build new re­la­tions with Wash­ing­ton on the con­di­tion that the United States takes cor­re­spond­ing mea­sures.

“We could be left with no choice but to seek a new way if the U.S. does not make good on its prom­ises, mis­judges our pa­tience, while seek­ing to force things uni­lat­er­ally and cling­ing to sanc­tions and pres­sure,” Kim warned.

The re­la­tions be­tween the DPRK and the United States im­proved last year. The first-ever sum­mit be­tween Trump and Kim was held in Sin­ga­pore in June.

Mean­while, dif­fer­ences be­tween the two sides re­mained over key is­sues like the scale of de­nu­cle­ariza­tion, U.S. sanc­tions, and whether to is­sue a war-end­ing dec­la­ra­tion.

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