North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged at an unprecedented June 12 summit in Singapore with U.S. President Donald Trump to move toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but has yet to provide details of how or when he might dismantle a weapons program Trump has vowed will not be allowed to threaten the United States.
"I firmly believe that the strong will, honest efforts and unique approach.aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the U.S. will surely come to fruition".
After Pompeo's talks with North Korean officials last week attempting to nail down details of how and when Pyongyang plans to carry out Kim's pledge to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, North Korea called the talks "regrettable" and said the US demands were "gangster-like".
The Defense Department estimates there are up to 5,300 sets of USA service member remains still somewhere in North Korea.
The two sides were supposed to meet at 9 a.m.in the border village, but the North Koreans did not show up, according to officials from the government and the United States Forces Korea (USFK).
The US military also announced that 100 wooden coffins had been dispatch to Panmunjom to receive the remains, although repatriation has yet to take place.
Following the North Koreans' no-show at Thursday's meeting, the USA state department said the two delegations had agreed to meet on 15 July. North Korea said Saturday it was seeking the "earliest start of the working-level talks" on the recovery of US remains.
But readers soon pointed out that the letter didn't actually mention any action that had been taken, and only made vague promises about 'the future progress of taking practical actions'. "Great progress being made", he wrote.
"Both the U.S. and the North are still in discussion over when to meet", the official added.
North Korea has said eight of the 17 - including Megumi Yokota, who disappeared while heading home from school when she was 13 - have already died, while four never entered the country, an account Japan has dismissed as unreliable.
More than 36,000 US troops died in the three-year war, which ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula divided by one of the world's most heavily fortified borders.
The translated letter began, "Your Excellency Mr. President".
"Mid day July 12th they contacted us and offered to meet on July 15th".
Trump is making the letter public at a time when his North Korea claims are coming under question.
However, critics have repeatedly said that Mr Trump has since failed to secure any firm commitments from North Korea toward the dismantling of its nuclear weapons.
It said this had been done through ship-to-ship transfers at sea using 89 North Korean tankers.
Pyongyang has consistently demanded a more gradual process based on developing mutual trust. The meeting was later rescheduled for July 15, according to South Korean officials.