Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

N. Korea skips meeting on repatriating the remains of American war dead

N. Korea skips meeting on repatriating the remains of American war dead

The article contrasts with the media narrative following the release of North Korea's statement that the negotiations took a turn for the worse during the sit-down.

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

However, officials say it could be months before excavations can begin and years until the remains are identified.

On Sunday, Pompeo seemingly shrugged off the bombastic statement and said the talks with North Korean officials were conducted in "good faith".

Warner highlighted the June 12 summit document from Mr. Trump and Kim in which Kim reaffirmed his commitment towards complete denuclearization, Pompeo's comment earlier this week that the US had "detailed, substantive" conversations about total denuclearization, and Mr. Trump's tweet after the summit in Singapore declaring "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea".

CNN reported Thursday that a North Korean delegation did not show up to a scheduled meeting at the DMZ with US officials.

Trump told reporters Tuesday that he might have another gift for Kim as well.

The North Korean leader also expressed optimism about a future meeting.

"They didn't give it, I have it for him", the president told reporters on Tuesday as he and the first lady departed for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

Meanwhile, the United Nations is trying to raise $US111 million ($150 million) to meet health, water and sanitation and food security needs for about 6 million people in North Korea.

Pyongyang has reportedly asked the United Nations Command Armistice Commission to upgrade the talks to a higher level to include a US general, South Korea's foreign ministry said.

Both sides were expected to discuss the timeline and ways in which remains of American soldiers would be returned at the meeting. "It is likely that military generals from the US and North Korea will take part in the meeting".

On June 23, the Pentagon confirmed that it had moved 100 wooden coffins to the DMZ to receive the remains that North Korea promised to return and would soon move another 158 metal transfer cases to the border.

North Korea is not messing around.

According to a South Korean newspaper, Chosun Ilbo, Trump's decision to give Kim the CD comes after a conversation the two leaders had over lunch during their summit in June.

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