North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has apparently fulfilled his promise made to President Trump in Singapore at their meeting in July and sent the remains of the US servicemen who died in the Korean War. Kim and Trump pledged to “commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.”
President of the United States was quick to express his thanks to Un.
“Thank you to Chairman Kim Jong Un for keeping your word & starting the process of sending home the remains of our great and beloved missing fallen!” POTUS said on Twitter. “I am not at all surprised that you took this kind action.”
Thank you to Chairman Kim Jong Un for keeping your word & starting the process of sending home the remains of our great and beloved missing fallen! I am not at all surprised that you took this kind action. Also, thank you for your nice letter – l look forward to seeing you soon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2018
He also hinted at another meeting between two leaders, after the historic summit they had in Singapore.
“Also, thank you for your nice letter – l look forward to seeing you soon!” Trump tweeted.
Some 55 boxes of what is believed to be remains of US soldiers arrived at Washington last week. Identifying those remains will be a daunting task that may take several years. Last time North Korea made a similar gesture by returning the remains of an RAF pilot shot down in the Korean War, it turned out that they sent animal bones to London.
The letter President Trump mentions is another mystery. The last known such letter from Kim Jong-un was the one he sent in July in the aftermath of the Singapore summit. It is unclear whether POTUS refers to that one or did Un sent another letter to the White House.
Hints about the second meeting are also baffling, especially since the first one accomplished so little. Despite the promises he made, Kim Jong-un has failed to disassemble North Korean nuclear facilities or start the process of denuclearization. Both leaders exchanged invitations for visits to their respective state capitals.
“The two top leaders gladly accepted each other’s invitation convinced that it would serve as another important occasion for improved DPRK-US relation,” the Korean Central News Agency, North Korea’s state-run propaganda outlet, said in their statement after the meeting.
If President Trump does visit Pyongyang, it would be the first time in history that a sitting president visited North Korea. After the threats and insults, Trump and Un exchanged in 2017, it would pose a dramatic shift in the two countries’ relationship.