North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has received an “excellent” personal letter from US President Donald Trump, according to state media reports, Kim wanted to “seriously examine interesting content,” the news agency KCNA reported, without giving details.
Even when and how the letter was transmitted was initially unclear. Nevertheless, the presidential office in South Korea welcomed the correspondence between Trump and Kim as a “positive development” that could sustain dialogue between the two countries.
The reports from Washington Post occur at a critical time in the region. Washington’s negotiations with the communist leadership in Pyongyang about its nuclear weapons program have been underway since the failed summit meeting between Kim and Trump got stuck in Vietnam in February.
Trump, who has repeatedly expressed his esteem for Kim, still hopes for a redress of the ruler. Kim reportedly praised Trump’s political judgment and courage after reading the letter from Washington.
South Korean media suspected that the letter could be an answer to Kim’s letter. The US President announced about two weeks ago that Kim had written another “nice letter” to him. Trump also did not comment on the content. When asked about another possible summit with Kim, he said it could come to that. He did not become more specific.
Following the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in North Korea, speculation had intensified in South Korea, after which Kim and Trump could meet again soon. Kim Jong-un and Xi Jinping have agreed at their previous five meetings since last year on “various issues” North Korean media reported on Saturday.
Xi had called on the governments in Pyongyang and the United States on Thursday to resume negotiations. China is North Korea’s main trading partner and is considered a lifeline for the isolated country.
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