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(EDITORIAL from Korea Times on June 2)

All Headlines 09:28 June 02, 2018

Kim's letter for Trump
North Korean leader should convey message for peace

U.S. President Donald Trump will receive a personal letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Trump confirmed he expects the letter from Kim before leaving for Texas on May 31, saying "I look forward to seeing what's in the letter."

Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, will deliver the letter after a visit in New York to hold meetings with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier.

Pompeo held two days of meetings with Kim Yong-chol to discuss the planned summit between the leaders of the U.S. and North Korea. Trump had canceled the meeting in an open letter where he blamed Pyongyang for "tremendous anger and open hostility." But discussions to arrange the summit as planned have been underway after both leaders showed a willingness to meet despite Trump's previous decision to cancel. During a second meeting with President Moon Jae-in last month, the North Korean leader reportedly conveyed his wishes to end the years of confrontation with the U.S. and work together for peace and prosperity.

Based the strong will of the two leaders to meet, Pompeo and Kim Yong-chol had some fruitful discussions in New York. "I'm confident we're moving in the right direction," Pompeo said during a press conference after the series of meetings with Kim Yong-chol. "We've made real progress in the last 72 hours toward setting the conditions. The conditions are putting President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un in a place where we think there could be real progress made by the two of them meeting."

In a Twitter message, Pompeo said the potential Trump-Kim meeting presents North Korea with "a great opportunity to achieve security and economic prosperity" and a "bright future" for North Koreans. "We envision a strong, connected, secure, and prosperous North Korea that maintains its cultural heritage but is integrated into the community of nations," he said.

Pompeo also hinted that there were difficulties during the talks, saying "I've had some difficult conversations with them as well." The remark shows the two countries were still having a hard time narrowing the gap on the denuclearization agreement. North Korea has been demanding security guarantees for its regime in exchange for dismantlement.

As Pompeo said, it will take "bold leadership" from Kim to lead his country into a future of prosperity. In his letter to Trump, Kim should assure the U.S. president of his utmost sincerity toward denuclearization.
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