Trump tweets 'very nice note' from Kim Jong Un

U.S. President Trump and North Korea's Kim walk together before their working lunch during their summit in Singapore

U.S. President Trump and North Korea's Kim walk together before their working lunch during their summit in Singapore

The US president called it a "very nice note from Chairman Kim" and said "great progress is being made".

Kim praised Trump for "energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr President for the improvement of relations between the two countries and the faithful implementation of the joint statement".

Kim refers to Trump as "your excellency" five times, praises the "improvement of relations" between the US and North Korea, and expresses hope for a new future.

Kim expresses "invariable trust and confidence" in the president and wishes that "epochal progress" in promoting relations will "bring our next meeting forward". Although Pompeo insisted progress continued to be made, North Korea accused the United States of making "gangster-like" demands.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered his aides to "re-explain" to Tokyo the findings of a probe into the whereabouts of missing Japanese nationals suspected to have been abducted by Pyongyang decades ago, according to a South Korean activist.

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North Korea has long trumpeted a denuclearization goal, but one that it sees as a lengthy process of undefined multilateral disarmament on the entire Korean peninsula, rather than a unilateral dismantlement of its nuclear arsenal.

North Korea has said eight of the 17 - including Megumi Yokota, who disappeared while heading home from school when she was 13 - have already died, while four never entered the country, an account Japan has dismissed as unreliable. Trump tweeted on Thursday alongside a copy of the letter, dated July 6.

The BBC reported speculation that North Korea may want payment for the return of the remains.

The President released the letter in Korean with an English translation. Reports say North Korea is now asking for higher-level talks for Sunday.

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There was no indication of whether the North Koreans intentionally blew off the meeting. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

"We will be ready", USA state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

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Trump himself has remained upbeat about the outcome of the first summit between the leaders of the US and North Korea.

"The US wanted to have talks as early as 12 July but the North did not seem to be ready", an unnamed Seoul official said.

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