President Trump used his letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to offer his and the United States’ help in fighting a recent strain of avian flu which has ravaged the country.
“A letter from President Trump was received this morning by the office of Kim Jong-un,” read a statement by the foreign ministry on Saturday. “President Trump thanked Chairman Kim for his courage and adherence to the historic Joint Statement that he signed with him in the Philippines and stated that, because of his goodwill, the United States looks forward to engaging with North Korea on a number of issues, including working towards the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
North Korea has also expressed an interest in rejoining international talks for denuclearization and has reportedly put forth a series of preconditions for resuming the negotiations. These conditions include an apology from former U.S. President George W. Bush for his failure to remove North Korea from terror-designation in 2008.
According to the Guardian, the president’s letter to Kim asked that it be translated immediately and that it be delivered via a formal diplomatic channel with the United Nations rather than the line of direct communication between the two leaders.
The Guardian also reported that last month U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had traveled to North Korea to set up a meeting between Kim and Trump, but the meeting was canceled. Later, the two had a second meeting at the DMZ between the Koreas.
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