White House Confirms Trump Letter to North Korea’s Kim Ahead of Asia Trip

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump
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The White House confirmed on Sunday that President Donald Trump had sent a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, days before the U.S. president leaves for a trip to Japan and South Korea.

“A letter was sent by President Trump and correspondence between the two leaders has been ongoing,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in an email.

Earlier North Korea’s state-run news agency KCNA said Kim would put serious thought into the content of the letter, details of which it did not describe.

The KCNA report said Kim described the letter as being “of excellent content” and that he “would seriously contemplate the interesting content.”

U.S.-North Korea talks stalled after a failed summit in February between Trump and the North Korean leader in Hanoi, Vietnam.

A U.S. official said on Wednesday the United States had no pre-conditions for new talks, but that progress would require meaningful and verifiable North Korean steps to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

Trump leaves for Asia later this week for the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, and meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in Seoul.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

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Otis
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Kim Dung UNstable wants to survive while pretending to be a god. Despite gramps and dad’s evil intelligence, he is living in a different world from them whether he likes it or not. He could face a coup at some point. The question is, will the hardliners take him out, or is there another faction which wants to enter the ‘real’ world while maintaining complete control of the downtrodden North Korean populace?
The Chinese have the ultimate say-so most likely.

Judith Cook
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Judith Cook

What’s to discuss. We get the Prez’s idea that it is excellent and Kim says there arethings to think about. The rest of us just have to hope for the best.

John Guehlstorff
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Pen pals is a nice thing. Hopefully N.K.s leader will realize how bad the conditions are for his people and country and abandon his family’s evil ways.

Screwtape
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Correspondence is personal and shows an effort. Better that Trump persuade and pressure Rocket Man than use the stick alone.

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