Trump sends Kim photos from DMZ visit; nuclear talks stalled

Published July 31, 2019, 9:32 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By the Associated Press

President Donald Trump has sent mementos from his brief visit to North Korea last month to Kim Jong Un (gihm jung oon), but substantive nuclear talks between the two countries have not yet resumed.

In this undated file photo provided on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, speaks while inspecting a newly built submarine to be deployed soon, at an unknown location in North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File / MANILA BULLETIN)
In this undated file photo provided on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, speaks while inspecting a newly built submarine to be deployed soon, at an unknown location in North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File / MANILA BULLETIN)

A senior administration official says a top staffer from the National Security Council hand-delivered photographs from the June Trump-Kim meeting at the demilitarized zone to a North Korean official last week.

When asked when the North would be willing to restart substantive talks on its nuclear program, as Kim committed when Trump took brief steps into its territory, the North Korean official would only say they would be willing to restart discussions very soon.

The Trump administration official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.

 
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