Trump’s release of the letter arrives amid growing skepticism around Pyongyang’s willingness to denuclearize as North Korean officials continue to use typical tactics to stymie talks following Pompeo’s overnight visit to Pyongyang last week. Although the top US diplomat was promised a meeting with the Korean leader, Kim did not meet with Pompeo .
North Koreans did not show up
to a session planned for Thursday to discuss the return of remains of US service members killed during the Korean War. Trump had held the return up as one of the successes of his June 12 summit in Singapore with Kim .
‘An astonishing meeting’
Pompeo last week failed to demonstrate any progress on denuclearization talks, resulting one source with knowledge of the discussions to say the White House felt it went “as badly as it could have gone.”
While in Brussels for the annual NATO summit on Thursday, both Trump and Pompeo expressed confidence in the diplomatic process with North Korea despite lack of tangible signs of moving forward .
Pompeo said his counterpart Kim Yong Chol in North Korea “made a commitment” that North Korea aims “to denuclearize.”
Trump also touted his meeting with the Kim Jong Un while at NATO, calling it “an amazing meeting” and saying the two “established very good relations.”
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