President Donald Trump shows the document that he and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un signed acknowledging the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore, June 12, 2018. "It is likely that military generals from the US and North Korea will take part in the meeting". In exchange, the North Korean despot wants "security guarantees" for his country. The fresh talks are slated for Sunday.
Talks on implementing the agreement were due to be held on Thursday at the truce village of Panmunjom, as arranged last week in Pyongyang by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior North Korean official Kim Yong-chol.
But skepticism remains over whether North Korea's findings will satisfy Japan.
Pyongyang had made no official statement on the date, but it seems unlikely that the US officers went to the border without being fairly sure that someone would turn up.
There is a wide gap in views between Washington and Pyongyang over the scope and compensation of the repatriation. The meeting was about returning the remains of American soldiers from the Korean War.
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"We have to see the USA defense ministry's response, but the UNC reportedly gave a positive signal to North Korea, so there is a good chance of the talks taking place on Sunday", the source said.
Mr. Pompeo denied that the talks went poorly, telling pool reporters that progress was made "in every element of our discussions".
Although Trump may have been delighted by the letter, Twitter users weren't impressed. North Korea later said it was seriously disappointed by Pompeo's visit, accusing him of making a "unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearisation", while failing to offer corresponding USA incentives to improve ties between the two countries. Pyongyang has asked the UN Command Armistice Commission to upgrade the talks to a higher level to include a US general, South Korea's foreign ministry said.
An estimated 30,000 United States soldiers died in the 1950-53 Korean war.
That number includes 7,702 who are missing in action, with an estimated 5,300 believed to have been lost in the North, according to DPAA, which is based in Hawaii and oversees the effort.
Citing an unidentified South Korean official, Yonhap reported that the North Koreans wanted to speak with an American general, possibly as early as Sunday.
Kim made that commitment when he met Trump in Singapore last month.