President Trump announced in a Twitter post Thursday afternoon that he had received a letter from North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un.
In sharing the full letter, Trump tweeted:
A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea. Great progress being made!
A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea. Great progress being made! pic.twitter.com/6NI6AqL0xt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2018
The letter, dated July 6, 2018, reads as follows:
Your Excellency Mr. President,
“The significant first meeting with Your Excellency and the joint statement that we signed together in Singapore 24 days ago was indeed the start of a meaningful journey. I deeply appreciate the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr. President for the improvement of relations between the two countries and the faithful implementation of the joint statement.
“I firmly believe that the strong will, sincere efforts and unique approach of myself and Your Excellency Mr. President aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the U.S. will surely come to fruition.
“Wishing that the invariable trust and confidence in Your Excellency Mr. President will be further strengthened in the future process of taking practical actions, I extend my conviction that the epochal progress in promoting the DPRK-U.S. relations will bring our next meeting forward.”
Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez noted that the letter from Kim Jong Un, dated July 6, was one day prior to the harsher statement from the North Korean foreign minister on July 7, in which is claimed that the United States’ position on denuclearization was “ganster-like.”
Kim letter is dated July 6. Pompeo left Pyongyang on July 7; the North Korean foreign ministry’s harsh statement that U.S. stance on denuclearization was “gangster-like” came hours later. https://t.co/rwQywZSa1B
— Felicia Sonmez (@feliciasonmez) July 12, 2018