Trump Receives Letter from North Korea's Kim

Geneva Stokes
August 2, 2018

Trump in his tweet expressed gratitude to Kim "for keeping your word" on the return of the remains of more than 50 Americans service members killed during the Korean War.

The White House said Thursday (Aug 2) that President Donald Trump had received a new letter from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, without disclosing its contents.

In a statement on Thursday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that Mr Trump's tweet was referring to a letter that Mr Trump received on 1 August from Mr Kim.

In a solemn ceremony, Vice-President Mike Pence was in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to receive the 55 coffins.

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

Pence said Trump secured a commitment from Kim during their June summit to return the remains of USA service members who were killed in the 1950-53 war.

The US military flew the caskets from Osan Air Base in South Korea. "Today, our boys are coming home".

Pfc. Joe Stanton Elmore was 20 when he died on December 2, 1950, in Changjim County, Hamgyeong Province, North Korea.

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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which keeps a record of missing American soldiers, announced Elmore's identification on July 3.

While it has taken longer than some had hoped, a U.S. State Department official said the process had so far proceeded as expected, and the handover rekindled hopes for progress in other talks with North Korea aimed at getting it to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was headed to an Asian security meeting in Singapore, where a meeting this weekend with North Korea's foreign minister was possible.

The US military says the family of that soldier have been notified.

But there are reports North Korea continues to build nuclear missiles.

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

But it is not clear if those remains have been repatriated as well.

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