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(LEAD) Trump says he received letter from N.K. leader

All Headlines 02:44 June 12, 2019

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with more remarks by Trump, background)

WASHINGTON, June 11 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he has received a "beautiful" and "very warm" letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Trump told reporters at the White House that he received the letter on Monday, the first such correspondence since the two men's summit in Vietnam in February ended without a deal.

"I just received a beautiful letter from Kim Jong-un," Trump said. "It was a very personal, very warm, very nice letter. I appreciate it."

This Reuters file photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump. (Yonhap)

He did not disclose the contents of the message but added that he thinks North Korea has "tremendous potential" under Kim's leadership.

"We have a very good relationship together," he said.

Trump and Kim have exchanged multiple letters since the two sides began to engage diplomatically over North Korea's nuclear weapons program early last year.

Wednesday will mark one year since the two leaders held an historic first summit between the two countries in Singapore and agreed to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for security guarantees for Pyongyang.

The second summit in February collapsed due to differences over the scope of North Korea's denuclearization and sanctions relief from the U.S.

In May, North Korea launched short-range missiles in apparent protest over the impasse but Trump played them down as a possible attempt to "get attention."

hague@yna.co.kr
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