President Donald Trump posted a letter on Thursday from the leader of North Korea (DPRK) that expressed belief in a “new future” and looked toward a second meeting between the two.
“A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea. Great progress being made!” wrote President Trump, who included the image of the letter from Kim as well as a translated version of the letter:
A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea. Great progress being made! pic.twitter.com/6NI6AqL0xt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2018
The translated letter began, “Your Excellency Mr. President.”
It continued, “The significant first meeting with Your Excellency and the joint statement that we signed together in Singapore 24 days ago was indeed the start of a meaningful journey.”
Kim expressed deep appreciation for “the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr. President and for the improvement of relations between the two countries and the faithful implementation of the joint statement.”
The North Korean leader affirmed his firm belief that “the strong will, sincere efforts and unique approach” the two have “aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the U.S. will surely come to fruition.”
The letter concluded:
Wishing that the invariable trust and confidence in Your Excellency Mr. President will be further strengthened in the future process of taking practical actions, I extend my conviction that the epochal progress in promoting the DPRK-U.S. relations will bring our next meeting forward.
The letter is dated July 6, 2018.
President Donald Trump held a first meeting with Kim in Singapore on June 11 of this year to discuss denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. The meeting came after months of extreme pressure sanctions on North Korea, after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s two known trips to the nation, and after the communist nation had ceased missile tests months prior. North Korea had also released the three American prisoners the government had been holding ahead of the summit.
Trump was in London to meet with U.K. leaders after leaving the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, when he tweeted Kim’s letter.