Trump shares 'very nice note' from Kim Jong Un

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"Great progress being made", the president said in a tweet that included both a copy of Kim's letter, dated 6 July, and its translation.

Addressing Mr Trump, Kim describes their June 12 summit in Singapore, and the resulting joint statement, as the "start of a meaningful journey".

Kim continued by expressing confidence that "the strong will, honest efforts and unique approach" to bring about a new future between the US and North Korea would "come to fruition".

The United States did not broadly say which countries it believed were illicitly providing North Korea with refined petroleum.

U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., has asked Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats whether the statements from Trump match North Korea progress, CBS News reported.

While lacking in specifics about the status of diplomatic talks between the USA and North Korea, Kim's letter lavishes praise on Trump, repeatedly referring to the President as "Your Excellency".

North Korean officials did not turn up to a Thursday meeting with the US military about repatriating the remains of the war dead, according to a USA official with knowledge of the situation.

If realized, they will be the first general-level military talks between North Korea and the UNC since March 2009.

He praised officials of the county, which is close to Mount Paektu, the spiritual home of the Korean people and claimed by Pyongyang's propaganda to be the actual birthplace of his father and predecessor Kim Jong Il. "It is freaky to claim progress in a week when U.S. teams have been ignored and insulted by North Korea", he said in an email.

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North Korean officials have failed to turn up for talks with a United States team on the repatriation of the remains of American soldiers killed in the Korean war.

A USA official waited at the border truce village of Panmunjom but no North Korean official showed up, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said, citing a Seoul diplomatic source.

After Pompeo's talks with North Korean officials last week attempting to nail down details of how and when Pyongyang plans to carry out Kim's pledge to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, North Korea called the talks "regrettable" and said the USA demands were "gangster-like".

Their meeting - the first between a sitting USA president and North Korea, led to claims that the latter would work towards dumping its nuclear weapons.

At high-level talks last week, North Korea and the USA confirmed they are still poles apart on the next steps to be taken in the process. Pyongyang has asked the UN Command Armistice Commission to upgrade the talks to a higher level to include a US general, South Korea's foreign ministry said.

While reports stated the return would not involve payment, other than reimbursement for the costs incurred in recovering and repatriating the remains, reference to payments may have displeased Pyongyang.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the North Koreans called around midday to say the meeting would be delayed until July 15.

Kim made that commitment when he met Mr Trump in Singapore last month.

The U.S. had already sent a hundred wooden caskets to Panmunjom to carry the soldiers' remains back home, . once an agreement was reached.

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