Trump receives 'nice' new letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

This week, the US received the remains of dozens of presumed USA war dead that were handed over by North Korea.

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.

Trump early Thursday tweeted his thanks to the North Korean leader "for your nice letter - I look forward to seeing you soon!"

"A letter to President Trump from Chairman Kim was received on August 1".

Vice-President Mike Pence and USA military leaders received the remains in Hawaii during a sombre ceremony on Wednesday.

Trump's conciliatory tone stands in stark contrast to his rhetoric just a year ago, when he referred to the North Korean leader as a "little rocket man" in response to Pyongyang's recent ballistic missile tests.

Pence, in his address at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, said he trusted that Americans killed in the war were among the flag-draped cases flown to Hawaii on Wednesday.

The return of the Korean War remains marks the first tangible move from agreements reached between Trump and Kim at a summit in Singapore on June 12 that Trump has hailed as a major success. About 5,300 were lost in what is now North Korea.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which keeps a record of missing American soldiers, announced Elmore's identification on July 3. He said during a Tuesday rally in Tampa, Florida, that the US was "doing well" with North Korea and noted the return of detained Americans and Pyongyang's ceasing of nuclear testing or missile tests.

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.

It has taken longer than Washington had hoped, but a U.S. state department official says the process so far has been smooth.

A USA defense official told VOA North Korea has provided nearly no information to help identify the individuals, and that the process could take months or years to complete.

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