Published: Sat, August 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump says North Korea's Kim sent 'very beautiful letter'; new meeting possible

Trump says North Korea's Kim sent 'very beautiful letter'; new meeting possible

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said Pyongyang's latest missile launches were meant as a warning to Washington and Seoul over their joint war games, state news agency KCNA reported Wednesday.

The United States and South Korea kicked off their largely computer-simulated Dong Maeng - or "alliance" - exercises this week as an alternative to the previous large-scale annual drills that were halted to expedite denuclearisation talks.

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Despite the lack of progress and spikes in tensions, Trump and Kim have avoided direct criticism of each other and have exchanged periodic letters in between their summit meetings.

The sale was approved after Trump tweeted Wednesday that the two countries had entered negotiations on South Korea paying for the defense umbrella the United States provides the country.

The letter comes as the US continues to wait for North Korea to launch working-level talks on the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" that the two leaders agreed to at their first summit in Singapore.

Pompeo said last month there were no plans for one, although Trump said Friday they could meet again.

The North Koreans believe that both the current and previous exercises, both held after the 2018 summits, violate the obligations undertaken by the USA and South Korea regarding the cessation of joint military activities directed against the "dialogue partner". "South Korea is a very wealthy nation that now feels an obligation to contribute to the military defense provided by the United States of America", Mr Trump said in a Twitter post.

South Korea's presidential Blue House did not immediately respond to request for comment on the talks. "No long-range missiles", Trump said Friday.

The KCNA said the launches early Tuesday verified the reliability and combat ability of "new-type tactical guided missiles".

But on Tuesday U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said that Trump was keeping a close watch on the North Korean launches.

Moreover, Pyongyang wouldn't mind playing according to the rules proposed by the United States and its allies.

'South Korea and I have made a deal.

Trump said Kim told him in the letter that he was upset about recent U.S. South Korea confirmed they started Monday but hasn't given details about the drills, which were expected to involve computer simulations and not troops or equipment.

"It puts us in a very hard position, South Korea and Japan and fighting all the time".

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