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Pompeo trip to North Korea reportedly axed after ‘belligerant’ letter

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President
Donald Trump received a letter from North Korean Leader Kim Jung
Un on June 1, 2018, by North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol.

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  • President Donald Trump reportedly called off Secretary
    of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to North Korea after reportedly
    receiving a mysterious and hostile letter from Kim Jong Un’s
    government. 
  • Officials declined to comment on the contents of the
    message and how it was transmitted.
  • On Monday, North Korea’s state newspaper accused
    the US of plotting to “unleash
    a war
    ” on Pyongyang while continuing to negotiate “with a
    smile on its face.”

President Donald Trump reportedly called off Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo’s trip to North Korea after reportedly receiving a
mysterious and hostile letter from Kim Jong Un’s
government. 

Senior officials in the Trump administration told The
Washington Post
, Pompeo received the letter from Kim Yong
Chol, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’
Party Central Committee, on Friday morning, and showed it to
Trump. Officials declined to explain how the letter was
transmitted.

While the contents of the message are unclear, it was
reportedly hostile enough for Trump to nix Pompeo’s travels and
issue a series of tweets. 

“Secretary Pompeo looks forward to going to North Korea in
the near future, most likely after our Trading relationship with
China is resolved. In the meantime I would like to send my
warmest regards and respect to Chairman Kim. I look forward to
seeing him soon!” Trump tweeted.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told
CNN
 on Saturday that Pompeo was in the room when Trump
sent out the tweets.

On Monday, North Korea’s state newspaper responded to Pompeo’s
abrupt cancelation and accused the US of plotting to
unleash
a war
” on Pyongyang while continuing to negotiate “with a
smile on its face.”

Sunday’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper, the official mouthpiece
of the ruling Worker’s Party of Korea, called
out
 “extremely provocative and dangerous” US military
movements in the region, and claimed that US “special units”
in Japan staged a flying drill in the Philippines simulating “the
infiltration into Pyongyang.”

It also claimed that the USS Michigan, a nuclear Navy
submarine, transported Green Berets and other special forces from
Okinawa, Japan to the Jinhae naval base south Korea in late July
or early August.

Relations between North Korea and the US hit a roadblock after
the US asked North Korea to reveal its secret nuclear facilities,
and which it claimed not to have.

Meanwhile, satellite imagery of the country suggests that North
Korea may actually be continuing or increasing its production of
nuclear material.

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