SEOUL, South Korea – President Donald Trump sent North Korean leader Kim Jong Un an "excellent" letter, the North State News Agency reported on Sunday, citing Kim as "seriously thinking".  The White House declined to confirm that Trump had sent a letter to Kim.
This happened when nuclear talks between the US and North Korea failed after the failed summit between Kim and Trump in Vietnam in February.
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The US demands that North Korea give up its nuclear weapons completely before international sanctions are lifted. North Korea is seeking a step-by-step approach, with denuclearization efforts accompanied by concessions from the US, in particular a relaxation of sanctions.
Kim was pleased to hear that the letter is of excellent content, "Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency reported."
"Kim Jong Un appreciated President Trump's political judgment and extraordinary courage and said he would be serious about the South Korea's Bureau said Correspondence between Kim and Trump is a positive development in order to maintain the momentum of the dialogue.
Trump's letter came days after Kim's summit the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who, according to experts, has underlined China's rise as a key player in the diplomatic drive to resolve the nuclear stalemate with the North.
North Korean state media said Kim and Xi discussed the political situation The government surrounds the Korean peninsula and does not get closer to important issues determined consensus.
Xi is expected to meet Trump next week during the G-20 summit in Japan. Analysts say he can send him a message from Kim about the nuclear deal.
Kim said during his New Year speech that he would seek a "new way" if the United States continues sanctions and pressure against North Korea. Following the collapse of his meeting with Trump in Hanoi, Kim said Washington had time by the end of the year to come forward with a mutually acceptable agreement to rescue the negotiations.
Following a provocative run in weapons testing, Kim initiated negotiations with Seoul and Washington in 2018, which led to three summit meetings with the South Korean president and his first with Trump in Singapore on June 12 last year when she made a vague statement a nuclear-weapon-free Korean peninsula without describing how and when this would happen. The lack of substance and the fruitless talks at the working level led to the collapse of Kim's second meeting with Trump, which led the Americans back on excessive North Korean demands for sanctions relief in exchange for only partially abandoning their nuclear capabilities.
Nuclear negotiations have since stalled, but on the eve of the Singapore Summit anniversary, Trump told US reporters that he received a "nice" letter from Kim without revealing what was written. In an interview with TIME magazine last week, Trump said he also received a "birthday letter" from Kim, which had been delivered by hand the day before.
Trump and Kim exchanged letters after their first summit in 2018. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said at the time that the letter addressed her pledge to work toward the "complete denuclearization" of North Korea.
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In September 2018, Trump At a rally in West Virginia, Kim told a cheering crowd that they were "beautiful letters written and great letters. We fell in love".
Analysts say the gesture of sending letters is part of the North Korean effort to present Kim as a legitimate international statesman who is reasonable and able to negotiate solutions and do business. Because of the formality they provide, Kim may consider personal letters as an important way to communicate with leaders from countries with which the North has never had close ties.