Trump receives new letter from Kim Jong Un, sends his reply

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday to thank North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the return of suspected remains of fallen USA service members, commending the "kind action" and saying he looked forward to seeing the chairman again soon.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he looked forward to meeting Kim Jong Un soon and thanked the North Korean leader for sending the suspected remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War back to the United States.

Trump tweeted early Thursday his thanks to the North Korean leader "for your nice letter - I look forward to seeing you soon!"

The White House did not provide details on the specific content of the letter from Kim, received Wednesday, or of Trump's reply.

Vice President Mike Pence accepted the remains of presumed USA soldiers killed during the war in a solemn ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii.

The latest letter from Kim arrived on the heels of concerns over North Korea's ballistic missile program and commitment to denuclearization.

With little public sign of progress toward Trump's aim of Korean denuclearisation, the White House said the letter followed up on the pair's Jun 12 summit.

More news: North Korea 'working on new missiles'

The Trump Administration has lauded Pyongyang's return of fallen servicemen as a successful outcome of the summit, at which a four-point agreement was reached between the two leaders.

Harris, who held a news conference for local media on Thursday at the US ambassador's residence, is making his views known only a few weeks after arriving in South Korea.

An estimated 5,300 U.S. service members listed as unaccounted for from the 1950-53 conflict in North Korea.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which keeps a record of missing American soldiers, announced Elmore's identification on July 3.

It has taken longer than Washington had hoped, but a USA state department official says the process so far has been smooth.

"I think for the denuclearization to happen, we need to see the move and I haven't seen that yet".

Experts say identifying the bones could take months or years.

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