US President Donald Trump has received a “very positive” letter from North Korea’s leader seeking a second meeting, the White House said on Monday, noting that coordination for the get-together was underway.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said“The president has received the letter from Kim Jong Un. It was a very warm, very positive letter,” , adding that the message showed Pyongyang’s “continued commitment to focus on denuclearization” on the Korean Peninsula.
Sanders added that the letter was “further evidence of progress” in Washington’s relationship with Pyongyang.
Trump and Kim held a historic summit in Singapore in June that raised prospects of a breakthrough on curtailing North Korea’s nuclear program.
Despite follow-on negotiations on denuclearizing the peninsula hitting a snag leading to Secretary of State canceling a planned trip to the North late last month, the new letter showed signs that the discussions remain alive after weeks of apparent deadlock.
The White House has pointed to a series of accomplishments in recent months — a release of US hostages, the repatriation of war remains believed to be of US service members, a pause in North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests, and a recent military parade through Pyongyang that did not show off the country’s intercontinental missiles — to suggest progress between the foes.