Dear leader: North Korea says Trump sends Kim ‘excellent’ letter
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Dear leader: North Korea says Trump sends Kim ‘excellent’ letter

No details given about contents of exchange, months after nuclear talks break down; Pyongyang says leader to ‘seriously contemplate’ letter

US President Donald Trump, right, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island in Singapore, June 12, 2018. (Evan Vucci/AP)
US President Donald Trump, right, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island in Singapore, June 12, 2018. (Evan Vucci/AP)

PYONGYANG, North Korea — President Donald Trump sent North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a letter, a government-controlled news agency reported Sunday.

Kim “said with satisfaction that the letter is of excellent content,” the Korean Central News Agency reported.

“Appreciating the political judging faculty and extraordinary courage of President Trump, Kim Jong Un said that he would seriously contemplate the interesting content,” the agency said.

Nuclear talks between the US and North Korea broke down after the failed summit between Kim and Trump in February in Vietnam.

The US is demanding that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons entirely before international sanctions are lifted. North Korea is seeking a step-by-step approach in which moves toward denuclearization are matched by concessions from the US, notably a relaxation of the sanctions.

Trump and Kim exchanged letters in 2018 after a summit in Singapore to discuss the nuclear issue. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at the time that the letters addressed their commitment to work toward North Korea’s “complete denuclearization.”

In September 2018, Trump told a cheering crowd at a campaign rally in West Virginia that Kim “wrote me beautiful letters and they’re great letters. We fell in love.”

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