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South Korea says it shared Trump birthday message with Kim Jong Un

South Korea says it shared Trump birthday message with Kim Jong Un
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE asked South Korean President Moon Jae-in to deliver a birthday message to North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnWill Biden choose a values-based or transactional foreign policy? Japan's role could redefine Asia-Pacific relations under Biden and Suga Biden leans on foreign policy establishment to build team MORE this week, according to reports.

South Korea’s national security adviser Chung Eui-yong confirmed to reporters at Incheon International Airport on Friday that Trump requested the birthday greeting be sent to Kim, the outlet reported. The North Korean leader’s birthday was Wednesday. 

“He had a well-wishing message that he wanted South Korean President Moon Jae-in to deliver to Chairman Kim Jong Un,” the adviser said. 

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Chung and his equivalent adviser in Japan, Shigeru Kitamura, met with Trump in Washington on Wednesday. Chung confirmed that South Korean officials delivered Trump’s message to North Korea through “appropriate measures,” although he did not share the specific birthday message. 

The North Korean leader sent Trump a birthday message in June, Bloomberg reported.

Tensions spiked between the U.S. and North Korea over the holiday season after a statement carried by North Korean state media warned that the U.S. would receive a “Christmas gift."

The warning was taken seriously by U.S. military officials after Pyongyang gave the U.S. a year-end deadline to adjust its denuclearization efforts before North Korea would take a “new path.” There was no sign of the “gift” before the end of the year in 2019. 

Nuclear talks between U.S. and North Korean officials broke down earlier in 2019 after a summit between Trump and Kim ended abruptly.