President Donald Trump on Thursday shared the letter he received from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying that this is an example of the progress made between the two countries, although several reports have indicated that North Korea hasn’t slowed its nuclear development, Newsweek reported.
Trump shared images of the letter on Twitter. The letter was dated July 6, and was both in Korean and translated into English.
However, the letter made no mention of North Korea’s plans to denuclearize. Kim referred to his meeting with Trump last month in positive terms, calling it “the start of a meaningful journey.”
“I deeply appreciate the 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 wrote.
“I firmly believe that the strong will, sincere efforts and unique approach of myself and Your Excellency Mr. President aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the U.S. will surely come to fruition,” he added.
The North Korean leader also expressed optimism about a future meeting.
“A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea. Great progress being made,” Trump tweeted.
The letter is dated the same day as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to Pyongyang.
Critics say that the agreement lacks specific language, methods or timetables for North Korea to irreversibly abandoning its nuclear program. Meanwhile, multiple reports have indicated that Pyongyang has continued to develop its nuclear arsenal.
In the aftermath of the summit, Trump has received a wave of criticism for his praising comments about Kim, who stands accused of starving his people, torturing prisoners and other human rights violations.
Trump also said that Kim is “very talented,” a “great negotiator” and someone who “loves his people.”