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Kenny Thornton | 13 July, 2018, 15:20

U.S. President Donald Trump shared what he said were letters Thursday from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, saying "great progress being made!".

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.

In the letter, Kim also expressed his appreciation for Trump's efforts toward improving U.S. -DPRK relations and towards the "faithful implementation of the joint statement".

"Great progress being made!" he said.

But North Korea's take on the matter was entirely opposite as it alleged that the future of the peace process was being put into trouble by the US's "unilateral and gangster-like" demands aiming for Pyongyang's nuclear disarmament.

The North's state media normally lead their television bulletins and front pages with Kim's doings, but a seven-day absence from the headlines, including during Pompeo's visit, had prompted speculation on his whereabouts among Korea-watchers.

Separately, the USA has accused North Korea of violating a United Nations sanctions cap on refined oil products.

A planned meeting Thursday between North Korean and US officials in the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas to discuss the return of the remains was postponed.

Defence officials have already shipped dozens of cases to Panmunjom in anticipation of receiving the remains of United States troops.

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North Korea has offered to rearrange the meeting over war remains for Sunday instead, US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. That is why the North Korean Foreign Ministry has said "we still value the trust we have for President Trump".

Mr. Pompeo denied that the talks went poorly, telling pool reporters that progress was made "in every element of our discussions".

According to the Pentagon, North Korean officials have indicated in the past that they have the remains of as many as 200 USA troops.

According to Choi's source, the North Korean government says it has already unofficially presented its findings to Japan, but Kim has ordered the probe outcome to be explained again since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration claims to have never been briefed about it.

Dollar said that the institutions could start helping North Korea with technical assistance and training "even before they are members".

North Korean representatives didn't show up for scheduled talks with the USA about returning the remains of fallen American soldiers.

An estimated 30,000 United States soldiers died in the Korean war.

"We were ready", one official said. Under U.N. sanctions, North Korea is allowed to import 500,000 barrels of oil products only and 4 million barrels of crude oil each year.

The DPRK side took exception to what it called USA demands for unilateral nuclear disarmament rather than a "balanced implementation" of the June 12 joint declaration.

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