S. Korea's Moon optimistic on US-N. Korea diplomatic thaw

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left North Korea after two days of “productive” talks while Pyongyang decried U.S. “gangster-like” tactics

But North Korea's delegation failed show up to a scheduled meeting on Thursdayat the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas.

According to a South Korean official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, officials from the U.S. State Department and United Nations Command waited four hours from 10 a.m.in Panmunjom Thursday, hoping the North would show up.

"I extend my conviction that the epochal progress in promoting the DPRK-US relations will bring our next meeting forward".

North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-Un, has written a note to U.S. President Donald Trump, describing the American leader as "energetic and extraordinary".

The two leaders signed a joint statement that says the USA and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea commit to recovering the remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

"North Korea apparently wants a US general to appear at the table to quickly finalize the repatriation issue", an anonymous source told JoongAng Ilbo.

An agreement to return the remains of U.S. service members was touted by the Trump administration as one of the commitments secured during the president's historic summit with Kim on 12 June.

Washington has been accused of being "gangster-like" in their requests during negotiation talks between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean officials.

"The US will at least require North Korea to declare its nuclear weapons programmes", he said.

"A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea", Trump said.

Seoul's Defense Ministry said the remains of an unidentified allied soldier, presumably American, found in South Korea in 2016, will be sent to the United States.

"The road ahead will be hard and challenging and we know that critics will try to minimize the work that we've achieved", he said.

Concerning the agreement on "full denuclearization of North Korea" at the U.S.

"North Korea would have to deal with the consequences of breaking away from the negotiations if it were to do so, so it will likely not make an extreme decision", Kim said. If Trump praises Kim while tightening sanctions, he's letting Kim take the magnanimous route by overruling his minions to order better cooperation and a dial-down of rhetoric.

Hundreds of remains have been repatriated since 1990, but the process has been fraught with mistrust. Yet Trump carries on as if nothing is wrong, babbling about an Elton John CD he wants to give Kim.

"We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains sent back today, already 200 got sent back", Trump told a rally in Duluth, Minnesota, on June 20.

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