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Trump received Kim Jong Un letter seeking 2nd meet: WHouse

US President Donald Trump has

received a very positive letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

seeking a follow-up meeting after their historic summit in Singapore, the

White House said.

It was a very warm, very positive letter, White House spokeswoman Sarah

Sanders said, adding that the message showed Pyongyang's continued

commitment to focus on denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

The primary purpose of the letter was to schedule another meeting with the

president, which we are open to and are already in the process of

coordinating, she said Monday at the first White House press briefing in

nearly three weeks.

Sanders added that the letter was further evidence of progress in

Washington's relationship with Pyongyang.

Trump and Kim held a historic summit in Singapore in June that raised

prospects of a breakthrough on curtailing North Korea's nuclear program.

South Korea's dovish President Moon Jae-in, who brokered the June meeting,

vowed to continue playing the role of a mediator to facilitate dialogue

between Trump and Kim.

The complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula is an issue that

should fundamentally be resolved between the US and North Korea through

negotiation, Moon told a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

'Bold decision'

A big vision and a bold decision between the leaders of North Korea and

the US are needed again in order to advance to a higher level in discarding

Pyongyang's existing nuclear weapons, he added.

Moon will fly to Pyongyang next week for his third meeting with Kim this

year.

Despite follow-on negotiations on denuclearizing the peninsula hitting a

snag leading to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo canceling a planned trip to

the North late last month, the new letter showed signs that the discussions

remain alive after weeks of apparent deadlock.

We think it's important and we're glad that we're making progress,

Sanders said, adding that Trump deserves the credit for bringing the two

parties to the table.

At the end of the day, ultimately, it's always going to be best when you

can have the two leaders sit down, she added.

The White House has pointed to a series of accomplishments in recent

months, including a release of US hostages, the repatriation of war remains

believed to be of US service members and a pause in North Korea's missile and

nuclear tests, to suggest progress between the foes.

Stephen Biegun, the new US special envoy for North Korea, stressed the

importance of maintaining the momentum of dialogue with Pyongyang and said

the back-to-back summits created a tremendous opportunity.

In a meeting with his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon in Seoul, Biegun

called the current diplomatic process the beginning, adding: So what we need

to do is to finish the job.

And on Sunday, North Korea refrained from displaying its intercontinental

missiles long a bone of contention in its nuclear tensions with Washington

in a massive parade through Pyongyang celebrating the country's 70th

birthday.

'Still waiting'

The latest parade for once was not about their nuclear arsenal, Sanders

said.

Trump thanked Kim for the gesture, saying on Twitter: This is a big and

very positive statement from North Korea.

Sanders was asked whether the next Trump-Kim meeting would take place in

Washington, but she demurred, saying, we'll let you know when we have

further details.

The letter's arrival was confirmed as Trump's top security advisor said the

White House was looking to North Korea for next steps.

We're still waiting for them. The possibility of another meeting between

the two presidents obviously exists, said National Security Advisor John

Bolton.

But President Trump can't make the North Koreans walk through the door

he's holding open. They are the ones that have to take the steps to

denuclearize. And that's what we are waiting for.

Bolton said in a speech to the Federalist Society that during the Singapore

meeting with Trump in June, Kim committed to getting rid of his nuclear

weapons, and later agreed with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that it

could be done in one year.

After his speech, Bolton told reporters it's entirely possible for the

two leaders to meet by year's end.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)