US, South Korea hold ceremony to return home war remains

Kim Jong Un inspects a construction site in Samjiyon County

Kim Jong Un inspects a construction site in Samjiyon County

Follow-up talks that were scheduled a week after the summit were finally held after three weeks of delay, but U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was not even able to meet Kim when he flew to Pyongyang.

Trump has sought to cast his summit with Kim as a major victory, although reports have suggested North Korea is continuing with its nuclear programme and promises of "denuclearisation" remain vague. A confidential U.S. report presented to the United Nations security council, however, estimated the delivery of at least 759,793 barrels of oil products to North Korea between 1 January 1 and 30 May.

Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim met for the first time in Singapore to discuss the relations between their nations and potential denuclearization June 12.

Pompeo, who was berated by North Korean media last week for making "gangster-like" demands about denuclearization during his high-level talks with Pyongyang officials, reiterated Thursday in a news conference at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, that he had very "productive" conversations. "We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea".

North Korea is in full retreat from dictator Kim Jong Un's promises to President Trump after their sitdown last month. North Korea criticized Pompeo's "gangster-like" demands in negotiations and said the "attitude" of the USA was "regrettable", while Pompeo signaled "progress" in the talks between the two nations.




Seoul's Defense Ministry said the remains of an unidentified allied soldier, presumably American, found in South Korea in 2016, will be sent to the United States.

The source with knowledge of the talks told CNN that Trump asked whether Kim knew where he'd gotten the nickname, and Kim said no. Trump asked Kim if he had heard of the Elton John song.

President Trump promised that if Kim did axe its nukes, the U.S. would help the impoverished nation build up its economy and open itself up to the world. Pyongyang has asked the UN Command Armistice Commission to upgrade the talks to a higher level to include a United States general, South Korea's foreign ministry said. He later said at a Cabinet meeting that the remains were in the process of being returned. Trump went on to gabble that he really wants to pull USA troops out of South Korea altogether, even though their presence has served as a powerful deterrent to North Korean aggression.

On June 20, Trump erroneously said 200 human remains had already "been sent back" from North Korea.

Kim, in his note, praised Trump for "energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr. President for the improvement of relations between the two countries and the faithful implementation of the joint statement".

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