Trump hails progress after receiving note from North Korea's Kim

Trump hails progress after receiving note from North Korea's Kim

President Trump and Kim Jong Un during the Singapore summit.

However, officials say it could be months before excavations can begin and years until the remains are identified.

On Thursday, however, Department of Defense and United Nations Command officials were left waiting in the DMZ's Joint Security Area.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner, D-Virginia, wrote to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Thursday, asking him to answer a number of questions related to North Korea's progress, in light of statements made by President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. There is no evidence, however, that the Americans were aware of any date or time change.

The North Korean leader also expressed optimism about a future meeting. -North Korean summit - in which Kim agreed in broad terms to "work toward denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea proposed to reschedule the meeting for Sunday.

But a closer look at the language of the statement has actually led one analyst to be optimistic that a "train wreck" may have been averted during Pompeo's meeting, and that the door is still open to progress.

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The discussions have tentatively resulted in a scheduled discussion for Sunday.

A North Korean soldier marches at the truce village at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which separates the two Koreas in Panmunjom, North Korea, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Following his departure from the country, a spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry alleged that Pompeo had made "gangster-like" demands on the country by asserting that nothing less than complete, irreversible, and verifiable denuclearization (CVID) would do, a demand that Pompeo has consistently made for months.

Meanwhile, back in Pyongyang, the meetings between Pompeo and representatives of Kim's governments were a disaster.

There is speculation that North Korea may also want payment for the return of the remains, our correspondent adds. The president rattled US allies by demanding that the other NATO nations pay more toward their own defense, although he stopped short of threatening to pull the United States out of the trans-Atlantic alliance. The Pentagon did not confirm this claim.

While reports stated the return would not involve payment, other than reimbursement for the costs incurred in recovering and repatriating the remains, reference to payments may have displeased Pyongyang.

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