Trump expecting to receive letter from North Korea's Kim

Trump expecting to receive letter from North Korea's Kim

Trump expecting to receive letter from North Korea's Kim

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One on Friday, as he traveled to a campaign event in North Dakota, U.S. President Donald Trump said a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is being delivered to him, and he expects it to be a positive one.

After a truncated parade featuring tanks and some of its biggest artillery, fewer than the usual number of missiles and lots of goose-stepping units from all branches of the military, the focus switched to civilian groups ranging from nurses to students to construction workers, many with colorful floats beside them. Relations between China and Japan soured in 2012 over a territorial dispute, but have begun to warm.

Meanwhile, the newly appointed US special envoy for North Korea will make his first diplomatic trip overseas next week in an attempt to restart negotiations over Pyongyang's nuclear program, the State Department announced Thursday.

There was no sign of the Hwasong-14 and -15 missiles that can reach the mainland United States and changed the strategic balance when they were first tested a year ago.

There was no sign of the Hwasong-14 and -15 missiles that can reach the mainland US and changed the strategic balance when they were first tested previous year.

South Korean officials who met with Kim this week say they forwarded a message from Trump and that Kim gave them a message to deliver to Trump.

The displays - overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, the third member of his family to rule the country - are crucial to Korea-watchers, who observe them closely for clues about its latest advances.

Kim on Thursday renewed his commitment to the goal of denuclearization in talks with a special envoy from Seoul, ahead of a summit planned in Pyongyang September 18-20 with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. "So I think it will be well received".

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In an over three hour long event held to mark the 70th anniversary of the DPRK's founding, the country notably opted not to display any intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) or medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBMs).

The military parade was North Korea's first since February 8 this year, when the country celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army.

The South Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation said Sunday. that the event had been proposed last Tuesday by its North Korean counterpart.

The "new line" of putting economic development first has been Kim's top priority this year. After the Korean peninsula was split by Cold War powers the US and the Soviet Union, the two halves went to war with communist China backing North Korea and the USA supporting South Korea.

This year's celebration also marks a return of North Korea's Mass Games, which involve tens of thousands of people dancing in unison in a display of national unity.

For the first time in five years, Pyongyang is organizing "Mass Games", a huge, nationalist pageant performed by up to 100,000 people in one of the world's largest stadiums.

While ticket prices for past Mass Games topped out at 300 euros ($350), this year VIP seats cost 800 euros, said Simon Cockerell, general manager for the Koryo Tours agency.

A State Department official is confirming that Pompeo has the letter.

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