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 Picture/File Picture
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean chief Kim Jong Un invited U.S. President Donald Trump to go to Pyongyang in a letter despatched in August, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday, citing diplomatic sources.
The letter, the second Trump acquired from Kim final month amid stalled denuclearization talks between the 2 international locations, pre-dated North Korea’s newest launch of short-range projectiles every week in the past.
Within the second letter, which was handed to Trump within the third week of August, Kim spoke of his willingness to satisfy Trump for an additional summit, one supply reportedly advised the Joongang Ilbo newspaper.
The White Home, the U.S. State Division and the North Korean mission to the United Nations all didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Trump and Kim have met 3 times since June final yr to debate methods to resolve a disaster over North Korea’s missile and nuclear applications, however substantive progress has been scant.
The pair final met on the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between the 2 Koreas in June and agreed to restart working-level negotiations that had been stalled since an unsuccessful second summit between the 2 leaders in Vietnam in February.
Final week’s spherical of short-range missiles got here simply hours after Vice International Minister Choe Son Hui stated North Korea was keen to have “complete discussions” late this month.
Trump subsequently stated he could be keen to satisfy Kim sooner or later later this yr.
Trump stated on Aug. 9 he had acquired a three-page “very lovely letter” from Kim and added he might have one other assembly with him.
Reporting by Jack Kim; Enhancing by Jane Wardell