Just In: After Getting Letter from Kim, White House Coordinating 2nd North Korea Summit


White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Monday that the United States is planning a second summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un after receiving a “very positive letter” from the North Korean leader.

“The primary purpose of the letter was to request and look to schedule another meeting with the president, which we are open to and already in the process of coordinating that,” Sanders said during a news briefing with reporters.

She further characterized the letter as “very warm,” but said the White House would not be releasing it unless Kim agrees to it being published.

The press secretary saw the letter as evidence of the progress the administration has made in its dealings with North Korea.

“The president has achieved tremendous success with his policies so far and this letter was further evidence of progress in that relationship,” Sanders said.

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She listed the return of the remains of Americans service members from the Korean War, the release of three American hostages in May and the absence of ballistic missile and nuclear weapons tests for several months as achievements to date.

Sanders also noted that North Korea did not include intercontinental missiles Sunday in its massive military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the country.

Trump highlighted the absence of the missiles in a pair of tweets that day.

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“North Korea has just staged their parade, celebrating 70th anniversary of founding, without the customary display of nuclear missiles. Theme was peace and economic development,” the president wrote.

He then quoted Fox News, tweeting, “Experts believe that North Korea cut out the nuclear missiles to show President Trump its commitment to denuclearize.”

“This is a big and very positive statement from North Korea,” Trump argued. “Thank you To Chairman Kim. We will both prove everyone wrong! There is nothing like good dialogue from two people that like each other! Much better than before I took office.”

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CNN reported that the Mass Games also marking the anniversary did not include a mention of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program, unlike years past.

South Korean officials who met with Kim last week said afterward the North Korean leader has “unwavering trust for President Trump.”

Trump responded via Twitter, “Thank you to Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!”

The two leaders met in June in Singapore, where Kim agreed to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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