SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean chief Kim Jong Un invited U.S. President Donald Trump to go to Pyongyang in a letter despatched in August amid stalled denuclearisation talks, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday, citing diplomatic sources.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean chief Kim Jong Un on the demilitarized zone separating the 2 Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, June 30, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photograph/File Photograph
Kim, within the letter despatched within the third week of August, spoke of his “willingness” for a 3rd summit and prolonged an invite for Trump to go to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, the Joongang Ilbo newspaper reported, citing an unidentified supply.
Trump on Aug. 9 stated he had obtained a “very lovely letter” from Kim.
However U.S. officers haven’t stated something a couple of second letter in August.
Trump and Kim have met 3 times since June final 12 months to debate methods to resolve a disaster over North Korea’s missile and nuclear applications, however substantive progress has been scant.
Their first two conferences had been formal summits, the second of which, in Vietnam in February, broke down after they didn’t slender the hole between U.S. calls for for North Korean denuclearisation and a North Korean demand for reduction from sanctions.
They met for a 3rd time on June 30 within the Demilitarized Zone between the 2 Koreas and agreed to restart working-level talks however that has not occurred.
Because the June assembly, North Korea has a number of instances examined short-range projectiles.
The White Home, the U.S. State Division and the North Korean mission to the United Nations didn’t instantly reply to requests for touch upon the report.
A senior official at North Korea’s overseas ministry stated on Monday “good assembly” with working-level officers from america may happen inside weeks, in line with North Korea’s official KCNA information company.
North Korea’s vice overseas minister, Choe Son Hui, stated final week Pyongyang was prepared to have “complete discussions” late this month.
Trump subsequently stated he can be prepared to satisfy Kim in some unspecified time in the future this 12 months.
South Korea’s overseas minister, Kang Kyung-wha, requested in regards to the report on Monday that there have been “detailed explanations about such a letter” however declined to elaborate.
Kang stated it may very well be “an excessive amount of to count on” that Trump and Kim would meet earlier than any working-level talks.
“No settlement was reached between the 2 leaders in Hanoi even after working-level negotiations,” Kang informed a parliamentary panel.
“For the sake of the success of one other summit, their working-level groups ought to meet and have main discussions on the end result of the summit.”
Reporting by Jack Kim and Hyonhee Shin; Further reporting by Michelle Nichols in NEW YORK and Arshad Mohammed in WASHINGTON; Modifying by Jane Wardell, Robert Birsel