US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have exchanged a few letters since their Jun 12 summit in Singapore. (Photos: AFP/Nicholas Kamm, Saul Loeb) Discussions have grown prickly after a historic summit in June between President Donald Trump and Pyongyang strongman Kim Jong Un, where the leaders embraced and pledged to work toward the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” But despite the bonhomie of the occasion, Pyongyang has taken few concrete steps toward that stated goal and signs of frustration abound. Last week, Trump nixed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s planned trip to North Korea, reportedly because he received what US officials deemed to be a “belligerent” letter from Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling party. And on Tuesday, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said the Pentagon is not planning to suspend any more military drills on the Korean peninsula. “We took the step to suspend several of the largest military exercises as a good faith measure,” Mattis told reporters. “We have no plans to suspend any more.” Still, Pompeo said Washington remains ready to engage with North Korea. It will do so “when it is clear that Chairman Kim stands ready to… Read full this story
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