N. Korea skips meeting on repatriating the remains of American war dead

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Despite the apparent snub and worsening relations with North Korea, Donald Trump tweeted on Monday he has "confidence" that Mr Kim would honour the denuclearisation "contract" they signed at the Singapore summit.

According to media reports, the USA military sent wooden cases to which the remains of soldiers will be transferred at the border.

On June 23, the U.S. Forces Korea said that it had moved 100 wooden "temporary transit cases" to the border to prepare for the remains' delivery.

The letter was dated just one day before North Korea accused the US of "gangster-like" demands following a visit and talks by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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.

The letter made no mention of North Korea's plans to denuclearize. Kim also agreed then to repatriate remains of US troops who died during the Korean War six decades ago.

Trump tweeted on Thursday alongside a copy of the letter, dated July 6.

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There are about 7,700 USA soldiers classified as missing in action from the war.

Last month, Trump told a Republican convention in Las Vegas that North Korea had "already sent back, or are in the process of sending back" the remains of 200 United States or allied service members following his summit with Kim.

One observer pointed out that Trump would have likely criticized his response to North Korea had it been the reaction of another president. A total of 7,697 personnel remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

Between 1996 and 2005, some 33 recovery operations were conducted in North Korea which saw 200 sets of remains returned.

There is speculation that North Korea may also want payment for the return of the remains, our correspondent adds. Despite the secretary's attempt to put a positive spin on the visit, as soon as he was out of the country, North Korea criticized his "unilateral and gangster-like" demands and called the talks "regrettable".

The most contrarian nugget of Carlin's analysis was his assertion that the statement, and North Korean domestic media's coverage of the visit, suggests progress was made.

Pompeo last week failed to demonstrate any progress on denuclearization talks, leading one source with knowledge of the discussions to say the White House felt it went "as badly as it could have gone".

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