Donald Trump tweets 'very nice' letter from Kim Jong-un

US President Donald Trump has published a letter from Kim Jong-un, in which North Korea’s leader voices hopes for a “new future” in bilateral relations.

Mr Trump said the letter from Mr Kim (dated 6 July), was “a very nice note”.

But it made no mention of any efforts by Pyongyang towards denuclearisation – a key issue the two leaders discussed at June’s historic summit in Singapore.

Separately, the US has accused North Korea of violating a UN sanctions cap on refined oil products.

It said this had been done through ship-to-ship transfers at sea using 89 North Korean tankers. The US did not say which countries were illicitly providing Pyongyang with the products.

In December, the UN Security Council limited such exports to North Korea to 500,000 barrels a year.

In another development on Thursday, North Korean officials failed to turn up for talks with a US team on the repatriation of the remains of American soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean war.

What was in Kim’s letter?

The English translation of the four-paragraph document was tweeted by Mr Trump on Thursday.

In it, Mr Kim says: “I deeply appreciate the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr President.

He also says that bilateral trust should be “further strengthened in the future process of taking practical actions”.

Mr Kim says…

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