North Korea didn't show up at meeting with U.S.

Caskets that the US shipped to the border last month haven't been filled, despite Kim Jong Un's pledge during his June 12 summit with President Donald Trump to immediately repatriate identified remains. That's when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang and seemingly made little progress in fleshing out details of North Korea's commitment for "complete denuclearization".

President Trump shared a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Thursday, praising the work being done with that country.

Coming after a year of Twitter taunts and nuclear brinkmanship, the meeting between Kim and Trump was historic, in that it was the first meeting between a USA president and his North Korean counterpart.

North Korean representatives didn't show up for scheduled talks with the USA about returning the remains of fallen American soldiers.

"North Korea not showing up could be an expression of dissatisfaction toward the US for making excessive demands in the high-level talks last week", Kyungnam University professor Kim Dong-yub said".

A spokesman for U.S. Forces Korea referred questions Thursday to the Department of Defense in Washington.

"I deeply appreciate the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr. President for the improvement of relations between the two countries".

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The North, instead, reportedly proposed holding general-level military talks with the United Nations Command (UNC) to discuss returning the war remains to the U.S. It is unknown whether the North Korean side gave any prior notification to the U.S. about this. "Great progress being made!".

Although Trump may have been delighted by the letter, Twitter users weren't impressed.

But Kim apparently changed his mind after both Moon and Trump brought up the abduction issue in their respective talks, opting to see whether Japan would be willing accept its probe findings.

Pompeo insisted the talks were making progress but as soon as he left, the North's foreign ministry berated him over his "unilateral and gangster-like" demands and for offering no constructive steps on the United States side. "It is likely that military generals from the US and North Korea will take part in the meeting".

"We were ready", the official said.

But Trump tweeted Monday that he has "confidence" that Kim would honour the denuclearisation "contract" they signed at the summit and accused China - the isolated North's powerful neighbour and ally - of seeking to undermine the deal.

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