Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

N. Korea sends flowers, condolence letter for late first lady's funeral

N. Korea sends flowers, condolence letter for late first lady's funeral

He died after having his face smeared with the outlawed VX nerve agent as he waited at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

"We have a very good relationship together", Trump said of Kim as he stood outside the White House on Tuesday.

Their second summit in Vietnam in February broke down because of the distance between the two leaders' positions over the North Korean nuclear arsenal, but Trump stressed that it was not the end of negotiations.

According to Singapore's foreign ministry, North Korea's embassy there had been planning an event to commemorate the summit anniversary and invited Singapore officials, but later cancelled the event.

Trump hailed on Tuesday what he called a "beautiful" letter from Kim.

"Several former USA officials said the half brother, who had lived outside of North Korea for many years and had no known power base in Pyongyang, was unlikely to be able to provide details of the secretive country's inner workings", the Journal said.

On Tuesday, North Korea's official news agency (KCNA) announced the deal 'of great historic significance is now on the verge of turning into a dead document as the US shuns its implementation'.

Former US officials reportedly said that Kim Jong Nam most likely did not provide the agency with useful information.

It said Kim's backpack contained A$174,000 in cash, which could have been payment for intelligence-related activities, or earnings from his casino businesses.

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It's unclear when Kim Jong Nam first met with Central Intelligence Agency officials or how often.

The comments were not helpful but were not seen as an impediment to U.S. intelligence efforts, both sources said.

Trump and Kim continued to express "trust in each other" and "desire for dialogue", he said.

Not only have US officials given conflicting statements about whether they are open to a step-by-step denuclearization process, Trump at times openly disagrees with his top advisors over Korea policy.

She was seen smiling broadly and shaking hands with South Korean officials before sitting across a table and handing over a purple folder containing the condolence letter.

Earlier Tuesday, Bolton had told the Wall Street Journal at an event in Washington that North Korea is not complying with the terms agreed upon during Trump's first summit with Kim, in Singapore past year.

Kim Dae-jung, president from 1998 to 2003, is known for championing a so-called Sunshine policy of engagement with North Korea. He dismissed recent North Korean missile tests as short-range and therefore not relevant.

The CIA operatives had met with Kim, 45, on several occasions, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

As the eldest son of the Kim dynasty, Jong-nam was groomed for years as the successor to his father Kim Jong-il before he fell out of favour after the arrival of his three younger siblings.

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